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Rangers signed OF Scott Cousins to a minor league contract.

Cousins was released by the Red Sox after spring training and eventually caught on with an independent league team, but he didn't play a game for him. He'll give the Rangers some depth at Triple-A Round Rock.
Apr 15 - 11:48 PM

Robbie Ross got the win with 7 2/3 innings of shutout ball as the Rangers shut out the Mariners 5-0 on Tuesday.

Ross pitched well, allowing only five hits (all singles), issuing no walks, and striking out two to lower his ERA to 1.00. While the ERA tells the story of a successful pitcher, Tuesday's start was his first truly impressive outing of the season. Regardless, his spot in the rotation will be made more secure with further positive results.
Apr 15 - 11:05 PM

Elvis Andrus went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Andrus doubled and scored in the eighth inning as the Rangers tacked on insurance runs against the Mariners' bullpen. Andrus, now hitting .309, was also caught stealing, making him 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts on the season. The shortstop was efficient last season, stealing 42 in 50 attempts.
Apr 15 - 10:56 PM

Kevin Kouzmanoff went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in as the Rangers beat the Mariners on Tuesday.

Kouzmanoff, filling in for the injured Adrian Beltre, belted a solo shot off of Blake Beavan in the second inning, going back-to-back with Prince Fielder. Kouzmanoff knocked in two additional runs with a double in the eighth inning, providing some insurance. No one is expecting him to hit as well as Beltre, but he's doing a good job of it anyway in the early going, now batting .450 over 23 plate appearances.
Apr 15 - 10:53 PM

Prince Fielder hit his first home run of the regular season, finishing 1-for-3 in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.

Fielder took Blake Beavan deep to center in the second inning, the first of back-to-back homers allowed by the Mariners' hurler. It took 14 games for the slugger to get on the board, perhaps not the most comforting fact considering that his slugging percentage has been in decline since 2011.
Apr 15 - 10:49 PM

Joe Saunders (ankle) threw a successful bullpen session Monday.

He'll throw another 'pen session Wednesday before being tested with some fielding drills. Saunders should be ready to rejoin the Rangers before the end of the month.
Apr 15 - 8:45 PM

Colby Lewis lost in his return to the majors after allowing four runs -- three earned -- in 5 1/3 innings Monday against the Mariners.

Lewis doesn't have his old stuff back yet after shoulder surgery, so left-handers figure to give him fits. That's a problem against the Mariners lineup. Lewis will get a couple of more starts to prove himself before the Rangers figure out how to fit Matt Harrison into their rotation, with the White Sox next on the docket. He's not an option in AL-only leagues right now.
Apr 15 - 12:02 AM

J.P. Arencibia went 0-for-2, grounded into a double play and committed his second error of the year before being removed for a pinch-hitter Monday against the Mariners.

The Rangers shouldn't have signed Arencibia over the winter, they shouldn't have carried him after his awful spring (even with Geovany Soto hurt) and they shouldn't continue to keep him around now. Just admit the mistake and move on.
Apr 14 - 11:55 PM

Yu Darvish said Monday that he'll be fine for his scheduled start Wednesday despite a cut on his right thumb.

Darvish cut the thumb with his index finger while throwing a curveball during his last start but was able to pitch through it. "Even when I was throwing it didn't hurt me," said Darvish. "I've done this so many teams that probably the nerve isn't working anymore so it didn't hurt me at all." Darvish is slated to face Felix Hernandez and the Mariners Wednesday.
Apr 14 - 7:43 PM

Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Colby Lewis from Triple-A Round Rock.

Lewis allowed four runs -- two earned -- over four innings last Sunday in his lone start in Triple-A. The 34-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since surgery in June of 2012 to repair a torn flexor tendon in his elbow. He's worth a look in AL-only leagues.
Apr 14 - 4:28 PM

Rangers designated RHP Daniel McCutchen for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Colby Lewis on the 25-man and 40-man rosters. McCutchen made one appearance during his time with the big club and could pass through waivers unclaimed.
Apr 14 - 4:24 PM

Martin Perez held the Astros scoreless for eight innings Sunday, getting the win in the Rangers' 1-0 victory.

Perez gave up five singles and walked three, striking out just two in his eight innings. The lefty benefited from four double plays in the game. Perez moved to 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA through three starts. He'll face the White Sox next weekend in his next time out.
Apr 13 - 5:55 PM

Josh Wilson scored the Rangers' lone run in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

Filling in for Jurickson Profar at second base, Wilson has seven hits in 21 at-bats to start the year. He came around to score on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to account for the only run in Sunday's game. He's not an exciting fantasy entity and shouldn't be owned outside of deep AL-only leagues.
Apr 13 - 5:50 PM

Alexi Ogando pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Astros to earn his first save of the season Sunday.

Rangers closer Joakim Soria had pitched in two straight games, so when a save situation presented itself Sunday Rangers manager Ron Washington turned to Ogando. He responded by not allowing a baserunner in closing out the one-run game. Soria's job still isn't in danger, but it's interesting to know Ogando is next in line should Soria falter.
Apr 13 - 5:41 PM

Kevin Kouzmanoff went 2-for-3 with a double in Sunday's win over the Astros.

Kouzmanoff had a strong spring and has carried that over since he was called up on Wednesday. Kouzmanoff has a hit in each of his four games, batting .417 (5-for-12) with an RBI and a run scored. With Adrian Beltre officially placed on the disabled list, Kouzmanoff should get most of the starts at the hot corner over the next few weeks.
Apr 13 - 5:37 PM


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