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AL West Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
52-43 5-5 W3
49-44 7-3 W3
44-49 7-3 L1
38-55 2-8 L1
36-60 6-4 W1

Top Rangers News

  • Rangers' Leody Taveras: Homers in loss

    Taveras went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Angels.

    The hot-hitting Taveras provided the Rangers' offense with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. The outfielder, who had a seven-game hit streak snapped Tuesday, is 12-for-32 (.375) with a home run and six RBI over the last nine contests.

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  • Rangers' Jonah Heim: Returns with two hits

    Heim went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Angels.

    Heim, who was scratched from Tuesday's game with neck stiffness, returned to the starting lineup Wednesday. The catcher's bat is hot right now; he's hit safely in four of the last five games, including three multi-hit efforts, going 9-for-21 (.429) with a home run and two RBI.

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  • Rangers' Michael Lorenzen: Shaky in loss

    Lorenzen (5-5) took the loss against the Angels on Wednesday, allowing five runs on five hits and four walks over five innings while striking out three.

    Lorenzen really struggled in the second inning, hitting Logan O'Hoppe with a pitch to open the frame before surrendering back-to-back walks and two hits, one of which went for a home run to give the Angels an early 4-0 lead. All of the right-hander's four walks came over the first two innings, and he actually went 1-2-3 through each of his final two frames, but he still ended up taking the second loss in his last three starts. It marked the third straight outing in which Lorenzen has issued at least four walks and the second time in his last three starts that he's allowed five runs.

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  • Rangers' Jonah Heim: Back in action

    Heim (neck) will start at catcher and bat seventh Wednesday versus the Angels.

    Neck stiffness caused Heim to be scratched from Texas' lineup ahead of Tuesday's contest, but he seems to be feeling well enough to return behind the plate Wednesday. The 29-year-old has slashed .360/.346/.600 with a homer and three RBI since the beginning of July.

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  • Rangers' Matt Festa: Gets MiLB contract from Texas

    The Rangers signed Festa to a minor-league contract on Monday.

    Festa elected free agency earlier this month after the Mets cast him off their 40-man roster. He didn't take long to find a new home, though he'll presumably head to Triple-A Round Rock with his new organization. Festa holds a 4.66 ERA and 103:45 K:BB over 94.2 innings covering parts of five major-league seasons.

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  • Rangers' Tyler Mahle: Makes second rehab start

    Mahle (elbow) allowed one hit and struck out two over two scoreless innings for Double-A Frisco on Tuesday.

    This was Mahle's second rehab start. The outing was originally reported to be for Triple-A Round Rock but was moved to Frisco. He threw 32 pitches (23 strikes), up from 19 pitches in Mahle's first rehab start. The right-hander will make a few more starts before returning to the majors.

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  • Rangers' Adolis Garcia: Delivers winning run

    Garcia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

    Garcia, who received a mental day off Sunday, delivered the winning hit Tuesday with his eighth-inning blast. The outfielder has gone 4-for-27 (.148) to open July, but three of those hits have gone for extra bases. He's now at a .215/.279/.417 slash line with 17 homers, 45 RBI, 47 runs scored and seven stolen bases across 87 contests this season.

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  • Rangers' Josh Smith: Homers in three-hit game

    Smith went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

    Smith has hit safely in his last seven games, going 11-for-30 (.367) in that span. His homer Tuesday, a first-inning blast off Roansy Contreras, was Smith's first long ball since June 23. The 26-year-old is up to eight homers, 36 RBI, 42 runs scored, four stolen bases and a .296/.384/.457 slash line over 86 contests this season. Smith's maintained a strong batting average, but he's a bit lacking in over-the-fence power, though he's managed 19 doubles to lead the Rangers in two-baggers.

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  • Rangers' Kirby Yates: Secures 14th save

    Yates allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless inning to earn the save in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Angels.

    Yates extended his scoreless streak to seven innings, and this was the fifth time in those seven appearances where he's struck out multiple batters. He's earned a save in three straight outings after a two-week gap between saves, and he's up to 14 on the year. Yates has maintained a 0.84 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 45:14 K:BB through 32.1 innings this season.

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  • Rangers' Max Scherzer: Takes no-decision versus Angels

    Scherzer allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and struck out six without walking a batter over 6.2 innings, taking a no-decision Tuesday versus the Angels.

    Scherzer allowed a pair of solo home runs to Logan O'Hoppe in the contest. This was Scherzer's second quality start in a row, and he threw 95 pitches (70 strikes). It appears he's clear for a full workload after easing back into action following a lengthy absence due to offseason back surgery as well as thumb and forearm issues. The right-hander is now at a 3.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 17:3 K:BB through 23.1 innings across four starts. The Rangers are off Thursday, so it is likely Scherzer is done for the first half of the campaign, which should afford him some extra rest before Texas hosts the Orioles coming out of the All-Star break.

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  • Rangers' Jacob deGrom: Throws another bullpen

    DeGrom (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    DeGrom mixed in a few changeups Tuesday in addition to the fastballs he had been throwing in previous sessions. He hasn't experienced any setbacks since beginning his throwing program in February, though manager Bruce Bochy noted that the 36-year-old is still "a ways away" from returning from the 60-day injured list. Once deGrom is cleared to face live hitters or begin a minor-league rehab assignment, a clearer return timeline may emerge.

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  • Rangers' Jonah Heim: Scratched Tuesday

    Heim was scratched from the Rangers' lineup ahead of Tuesday's game versus the Angels due to neck stiffness, Shawn McFarland of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Heim was scheduled to serve as Texas' designated hitter Tuesday, but his neck will force him to sit down for at least one game. Adolis Garcia will instead operate as the DH, while Derek Hill will start in right field and bat ninth.

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  • Rangers' Travis Jankowski: Sitting Tuesday

    Jankowski is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels.

    Jankowski will begin Tuesday's game in the dugout after starting in each of the last two games, going 2-for-6 with two runs and three RBI over that span. Jonah Heim will serve as the designated hitter Tuesday and bat seventh against Angels right-hander Roansy Contreras.

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  • Rangers' Austin Pruitt: Moving rehab to Triple-A

    The Rangers transferred Pruitt's (knee) rehab assignment from the rookie-level Arizona Complex League to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

    Pruitt will likely stick around at Round Rock throughout the week before potentially returning from the 60-day injured list following the All-Star break. He made three rehab appearances in the ACL over the past two weeks, covering four innings and striking out four while giving up one run on five hits and no walks.

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Team Statistical Rankings

Avg R HR ERA
Team .243
(17th)
405
(16th)
97
(17th)
4.02
(16th)

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Jung 3B Josh Jung 3B Wrist
E. Carter LF Evan Carter LF Back
J. deGrom SP Jacob deGrom SP Elbow
C. Bradford SP Cody Bradford SP Ribs
D. Dunning SP Dane Dunning SP Shoulder

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