Cole Hamels kept the Astros in their slump by pitching seven scoreless innings and Alex Claudio held off a rally in the Rangers’ 6-4 victory in the opener of a three-game series Friday night. Houston has lost four in a row for the first time this season.
MLB.com Rangers beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans’ questions about Joey Gallo, the club’s starting rotation and more.
The Rangers will retire Ivan Rodriguez’s No. 7 jersey before their game with the Astros on Saturday night at Globe Life Park. Rodriguez was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Rangers announced Thursday that they have claimed right-handed reliever Jhan Marinez off waivers from the Pirates and added him to their 40-man roster.
When the Rangers travel to Oakland for a three-game series against the Athletics from Aug. 25-27, the names on the back of some players’ jerseys may seem a tad odd or unfamiliar — and it won’t be because the players will be different.
In an effort to keep Nick Martinez in a starting role, the Rangers optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock before Wednesday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field. The Rangers called up infielder Tyler Smith in a corresponding move.
In an American League ballpark, Martin Perez would have had the opportunity to finish off a complete game. But in the Rangers’ 5-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday, which took place in a National League stadium, Perez’s spot in the batting order came up second in the ninth inning.
The Astros will look to establish their dominance when they travel to Arlington on Friday to begin a three-game series against the Rangers. Texas will look to stay afloat in the American League Wild Card race, starting with the series against the Astros, which begins a 10-game homestand for the team.
The Rangers’ post-All-Star struggles may have hurt their standing amongst contenders, but Texas proved Wednesday that it still has plenty of life. Behind Martin Perez’s resurgent start and Joey Gallo’s continued otherworldliness, the Rangers pounded out a 5-1 win over the Mets to secure a 3-3 road trip through Minnesota and New York.
The Rangers scratched Andrew Cashner from his start Tuesday night against the Mets at Citi Field with neck stiffness, instead starting right-hander A.J. Griffin.
Less than three weeks removed from coming off the disabled list after battling right shoulder soreness, Keone Kela headed back to the 10-day DL on Tuesday, retroactive to Saturday, with the same injury. The Rangers purchased the contract of Ricardo Rodriguez from Double-A Frisco in a corresponding move.