If Cole Hamels was trying to make a statement as to who might be the best starting pitcher available by trade this summer, he delivered a strong one on Tuesday, holding the Yankees to two runs on four hits through seven innings in a 6-4 victory. After connecting for 5 homers in the series opener, New York hit another three, but the power wasn't enough to overcome the struggles of rookie starter Domingo German.
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Jurickson Profar made his first career start at cleanup on Tuesday night and responded with a three-run home run in his first at-bat, and three innings later, Ronald Guzman added his second homer in as many games.
Coming off a stellar start in which he threw seven scoreless innings, Doug Fister goes for his first win of the season in the finale vs. the Yankees tonight. New York sends big lefty CC Sabathia to the hill.
Elvis Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, has been cleared to start swinging a fungo bat, and the possibility grows stronger that he will be able to return by June 11, when he is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.
Rangers starter Bartolo Colon is trying to catch a Hall of Fame pitcher, but the Yankees' 21-year-old second-base phenom forced him to wait at least one more start. Gleyber Torres hit two home runs off Colon, and Neil Walker and Aaron Judge each went deep once in leading the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rangers, despite home runs from Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman, lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.
Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman were all hitting under .200 going into Monday's game, but all three gave a reminder of what they are capable of with three monster home runs in the Rangers' 10-5 loss at Globe Life Field.
The success of the Rangers' season will not be measured by their won-loss record. GM Jon Daniels made it clear on Monday that the team's No. 1 priority will be the continued development of its young players. So far that has been a mixed bag, and Daniels wants it to be better as the Rangers move forward.
Who do the Rangers have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Texas' Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.
The Rangers recalled Matt Bush from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and designated veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen for assignment. Manager Jeff Banister said Bush will step into his previous role as a multi-inning bridge and late-inning reliever.
Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.
Mike Minor put the Rangers in the position to earn a series split with the White Sox on Sunday, but the Texas offense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.
Rangers left-hander Matt Moore won't go as far to say that the chronic right knee soreness that has plagued him since Spring Training is at the center of his struggles this season, but it certainly hasn't made life any more enjoyable.
Ariel Jurado, the 22-year-old right-hander who who was recalled Saturday from Double-A Frisco became the youngest Rangers pitcher to make a start in his debut in nearly 10 years. But after getting through his first two big league innings unscathed, Jurado allowed four runs -- all with two outs -- in the third inning of a 5-3 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The Rangers placed left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right knee soreness. In a corresponding move, the club recalled Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make his Major League debut in Saturday night's game against the White Sox.
The inked message on Rangers left-hander Jake Diekman's right wrist has not faded much over the past four years and serves as a daily reminder of the ulcerative colitis he has lived with since age 11.
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
Shin-Soo Choo hadn't homered in 24 games, but the one he hit Friday night ended up making a difference. Choo's fourth career grand slam, and first since 2010, sparked a five-run third inning as the Rangers relied on an early outpouring of offense in a 12-5 victory over the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister grew up playing high school baseball in La Marque, Texas, just 10 miles outside of Santa Fe, where nine students and one teacher were killed in a school shooting Friday morning. At the end of his pregame meeting with reporters before Friday's game against the White Sox, Banister became emotional about the shooting, which he called "gut-wrenching."
Doug Fister may have taken the mound a day earlier than originally expected, but a change of schedule didn't faze the right-hander in the least. The Rangers' bullpen, however, couldn't make Fister's seven scoreless innings stand up, as Texas ultimately fell, 4-2.
The Astros are rolling, but they have close company in the American League West, with the Angels and Mariners keeping pace through the first quarter of the 2018 season. The A's are putting up a fight, rallying to stay in the mix, while the Rangers are lagging. Here's a peek at how each club has fared thus far, with a look ahead at what's next.
Delino and Diamond DeShields have warm embrace
Bartolo Colon was at his best in one of his favorite ballparks to work, prevailing in a duel with Mariners spot starter Christian Bergman. The Rangers broke through on Delino DeShields' RBI double in the eighth inning before adding four unearned runs in the ninth as Seattle's bullpen unraveled. Kyle Seager homered in the ninth for the Mariners.
The Rangers have contemplated the idea of getting Joey Gallo back to playing third base. Gallo is against the idea. "No joke, I hate third base," he said Wednesday.
Rangers score twice on wild K in 9th inning
Colon uses midsection to absorb comebacker
Chance Adams put his early struggles behind him on Wednesday in his first truly dominant outing of the season.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre faces an increasingly uncertain future after going on the disabled list Tuesday for the second time this season with a strained left hamstring.
Guillermo Heredia lined a one-out RBI single off reliever Alex Claudio in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mariners a 9-8 win over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Rangers left fielder Joey Gallo moved into a seven-way tie for the most home runs in the Major Leagues when he hit his 13th homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Mariners.