Texas Rangers

Hamels changes pace in complete-game win
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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.

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Martinez in line for second start since recall
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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

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Diekman throws second BP session
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Jake Diekman threw 31 pitches in live batting practice on Saturday, taking another step toward returning to the Rangers bullpen.

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Rangers to skip Perez in rotation
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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.

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LIVE Color Feed: Rangers vs. Twins
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Video highlights, Statcast info, analysis, tweets, key updates, the latest news and more from the Gameday Color Feed.

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Robinson to see time in center field
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Drew Robinson is the Rangers utility infielder, and right now his playing time is limited behind Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Rougned Odor.

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Prospect Sadzeck to remain in relief role
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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.

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Hamels seeks consistency vs. Twins
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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.

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Perez's struggles continue with 7 ER allowed
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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.

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Rangers fall behind early, can't catch Twins
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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.

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Banister favors Chirinos for full-time role
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Robinson Chirinos is the Rangers’ No. 1 catcher now that Jonathan Lucroy is gone, and Brett Nicholas will be his backup.

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Perez aims to get on track vs. Twins
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Right-hander Bartolo Colon makes his 35th career start against the Rangers when he pitches for the Twins at 7:10 p.m. CT on Friday at Target Field. He will be opposed by left-hander Martin Perez.

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