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The Rangers will activate Josh Hamilton (shoulder) from the disabled list on Monday.

He's ready to go after playing 12 rehab games with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock. Hamilton hit .364 during that stretch with one homer and six RBI. The 34-year-old needed a little over two months to recover from shoulder surgery. He'll meet the team in Cleveland on Sunday.
May 23 - 9:56 PM

Shin-Soo Choo had another monster day at the plate on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBI as the Rangers clobbered the Yankees.

Choo also walked and scored three runs on the afternoon. His three-run blast off Esmil Rogers capped a ten-run uprising in the third inning that put the game completely out of reach. After a dreadful month of April (.096/.254/.173) that had some questioning whether Choo still belonged in the big leagues, he has hit .319 (30-for-94) with six homers and 17 RBI in the month of May.
May 23 - 4:17 PM

Prince Fielder homered again and plated three runs on Saturday, leading the Rangers in a 15-4 rout over the Yankees.

Fielder finished the afternoon 3-for-4 plus a walk, with three runs scored and the aforementioned three RBI. His two-run blast came off Branden Pinder in the seventh inning, increasing the Rangers lead to 15-1 at the time. He has been on fire at the dish in recent weeks and is now slashing a monster .351/.407/.544 with eight long balls and 30 RBI.
May 23 - 4:13 PM

Nick Martinez cruised to an easy victory against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing two runs on five hits over his seven innings.

Martinez racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon while walking just two, both of which came in his first inning of work. While most of the advanced metrics continue to point to severe impending regression, all Martinez has done is post a 4-0 record, 1.96 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 30/17 K/BB ratio. While he still isn't an every start recommendation in mixed leagues, he should be considered a streaming option for Thursday's matchup against the struggling Red Sox.
May 23 - 4:13 PM

Derek Holland (shoulder) is expected to begin a throwing program late next week.

He'll undergo another MRI in three weeks before hopefully being cleared to resume mound work. Holland is working his way back from a strained subscapularis muscle in his left shoulder.
May 23 - 11:42 AM

Leonys Martin is not in the Rangers starting lineup on Saturday.

It appears as though the Rangers will continue to ride the hot hand, with Delino DeShields again starting in center field and hitting leadoff for the Rangers against opposing southpaw C.C. Sabathia. Look for Martin to return to the lineup on Sunday.
May 23 - 10:49 AM

Prince Fielder blasted a pair of home runs and drove home four runs on Friday as the Rangers outlasted the Yankees 10-9 in a wild game in New York.

The Rangers broke the game open by scoring seven runs in the third inning, with Fielder's three-run blast off starter Michael Pineda serving as the big blow. He tacked on a solo shot off Chasen Shreve in the seventh inning which would end up looming large. He's having a terrific season in the middle of the Rangers lineup, batting .341/.397/.521 with seven homers and 27 RBI.
May 22 - 11:09 PM

Ross Ohlendorf earned his first career save on Friday, getting the final three outs against the Yankees.

He did allow a solo home run to Mark Teixeira, but was able to avoid any further damage. With Shawn Tolleson unavailable after working the previous two games, Rangers manager Jeff Bannister had to turn elsewhere and landed on Ohlendorf to protect a two-run advantage in the ninth. His usage speaks volumes about Neftali Feliz's current role in the Rangers bullpen.
May 22 - 11:06 PM

Colby Lewis earned his fourth victory of the season on Friday, despite allowing five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings against the Yankees.

The veteran right-hander struck out three on the night and didn't issue a walk. The Rangers offense staked him to an early 7-0 lead in this one, but he gave several runs back to let the Yankees back into the game before departing. While he boasts a solid 3.49 ERA and 44/14 K/BB ratio through 56 2/3 innings on the season, his 4.32 xFIP indicates he may be pitching a bit over his head. He'll take on the Indians in Cleveland his next time out on Wednesday.
May 22 - 11:03 PM

Rangers recalled OF Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock.

Smolinski batted just .140/.290/.220 batting line over 62 plate appearances for the Rangers earlier this season. He'll likely be around only for the weekend, as Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is due to be activated Monday.
May 22 - 4:12 PM

Rangers placed 1B/DH Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 20, with a pilonidal cyst.

Blanks was off to a .322/.365/.542 start with three homers over 15 games for the Rangers, but he's now making yet another trip to the DL. It's not clear how long he'll be out. Jake Smolinski has replace him on the roster.
May 22 - 4:10 PM

Rangers released RHP Kyuji Fujikawa.

Fujikawa cleared waivers after being designated for assignment, but he didn't want to report to Triple-A so the Rangers just cut him loose. He doesn't figure to be out of a job for long.
May 22 - 3:23 PM

Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 and hit his third homer as the Rangers topped the Red Sox 3-1 on Thursday.

Moreland has hit in five straight, raising his average to .312. That'll be plenty sufficient to hold off Kyle Blanks and keep a starting job against righties. Of course, history says he won't keep it up.
May 21 - 10:15 PM

Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball Thursday in a win over the Red Sox.

Rodriguez struck out five and walked two. He's allowed exactly one run in four of his six starts for the Rangers, going 2-2 with a 3.38 ERA overall. Mixed leaguers could take a chance on him next week for his starts in Cleveland and at home against Boston. The Indians lineup is mostly left-handed, and the Red Sox aren't hitting lefties at all.
May 21 - 10:13 PM

Shawn Tolleson earned a save for the second straight day with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Red Sox.

The Rangers were prepared to bring Tolleson into a 3-1 game in bottom of the ninth, but they also had Neftali Feliz warming up in case they scored a couple of runs in the top of the inning. Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double tonight, striking out the last two batters he faced. Consider him the Rangers' closer until he blows one. That said, he might get Friday off now, potentially putting Feliz in line for a save chance.
May 21 - 10:11 PM


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