Cole Hamels is back to being the undisputed ace of the Rangers’ pitching staff, and he pitched like one with a complete game in a 4-1 victory over the Twins on Saturday night.
The Rangers and Twins will conclude a four-game set on Sunday at Target Field. Texas will trot out right-hander Nick Martinez to counter Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios at 1:10 p.m. CT
Jake Diekman threw 31 pitches in live batting practice on Saturday, taking another step toward returning to the Rangers bullpen.
Rangers pitcher Martin Perez said he is tipping his pitches. Pitching coach Doug Brocail and manager Jeff Banister said Perez needs to execute his pitches. Either way, Perez will get a few extra days to work out his issues: the Rangers are going to push him back in the rotation.
Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.
Drew Robinson is the Rangers utility infielder, and right now his playing time is limited behind Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor.
The Rangers are pushing ahead with their plan to use hard-throwing right-hander Connor Sadzeck as a reliever, even though the transition has not gone smoothly at Double-A Frisco.
The Rangers and Twins will continue a four-game set on Saturday at Target Field. Texas left-hander Cole Hamels will go opposite Minnesota right-hander Kyle Gibson at 6:10 p.m. CT.
Rangers starter Martin Perez had a 2-0 lead when he took the mound in the bottom of the first inning on Friday night at Target Field. Five batters later, the Twins were leading 4-2 and on their way to an 8-4 victory over the Rangers, handing Perez his fourth straight loss.
Brian Dozier hit a pair of homers to back a complete game by Bartolo Colon, as the Twins pushed past the Rangers by a score of 8-4 on Friday at Target Field. With the win, Minnesota moved ahead of Texas and pulled within 3.5 games of Kansas City for the second Wild Card spot.
Robinson Chirinos is the Rangers’ No. 1 catcher now that Jonathan Lucroy is gone, and Brett Nicholas will be his backup.