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Shin-Soo Choo hit a double in Sunday's loss to the A's.

Choo was embroiled in a brutal 0-for-20 streak during late April, but suddenly, he's working on a baby hitting streak, as Sunday's double gave him a hit in every game of the weekend series against the A's to raise his slash-line to .141/.273/.297. He finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. If you happen to own Choo, you're in a tough spot, as his value is so low that you're not likely to get much more than a bag of electronic peanuts for him in trade. You might just have to hold tight and hope that he starts to gradually piece things together.
May 3 - 7:53 PM

Yovani Gallardo picked up his third loss in a row on Sunday, allowing four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings against the A's.

Gallardo struck out one and walked four while scattering seven hits over his 6 2/3 innings. Stephen Vogt's two homers accounted for all three earned runs off the pitcher, though Vogt's second bomb came off the bullpen (allowing a few inherited runners to score). Gallardo's effort wasn't awful by any means, but he happened to go up against a red-hot Sonny Gray. After starting out 2-1, Gallardo's seen his record fall to 2-4. He'll take a 4.05, 1.44 WHIP and 25/12 K/BB ratio (in 33 1/3 innings) on the road against the Rays in his next start.
May 3 - 7:45 PM

Ryan Rua will undergo a scan on Friday to see how his injured right foot is healing.

Rua is working his way back from a broken bone in his heel and severe ankle sprain. The Rangers are hoping he's ready to as soon as late May, although he no longer has a starting job following the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
May 3 - 12:12 PM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) is expected to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Round Rock later this week.

Hamilton's surgically-repaired shoulder is no longer an issue, but he's being worked back into playing shape. He's been training at the Rangers' spring training complex and faced live pitching Saturday for the first time. The big club expects Hamilton to join them towards the end of the month.
May 3 - 12:09 PM

Robinson Chirinos is not in the Rangers' lineup Sunday.

He's just receiving a breather. Carlos Corporan is behind the plate Sunday in Chirinos' place.
May 3 - 12:04 PM

Kyle Blanks went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's win over the A's.

Talk about making an immediate impact. This was just Blanks' third game of the season after being called up in the wake of Mitch Mooreland's elbow injury. Against the A's, the big first baseman hit almost everything thrown his way, with a home run, a double and a pair of singles. Blanks now has home runs in back-to-back games and should be seriously considered in deeper mixed leagues until Mooreland returns. With Triple-A Round Rock, he was hitting .327/.419/.635.
May 3 - 1:35 AM

Nick Martinez allowed five runs (two earned) over six innings in Saturday's win over the A's.

Martinez didn't factor into the decision here, as the Rangers pulled out the victory in the 10th inning. In his time on the mound, the 24-year-old right-hander struck out two without walking a batter. Martinez had allowed just one run heading into the seventh inning, but he unraveled after an Elvis Andrus fielding error and would, at one point, hit Josh Phegly with the bases loaded to force in a run. Martinez now holds a minuscule 0.84 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP, plus a 13/8 K/BB ratio. Needless to say, we don't think this is sustainable. He will attempt to continue throwing up smoke and mirrors when he takes to the road against the Rays in his next start.
May 3 - 1:12 AM

Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will play three innings Monday in an extended spring training game.

Hamilton isn't ready to play the field yet, so he'll only bat. The former Angel underwent shoulder surgery during spring training and is slated to return in late May. In the meantime, Jake Smolinski and Carlos Peguero will fill in at left field. Hamilton has been in decline for years but a return to Texas may rejuvenate his fantasy value. 84 of his 192 career home runs have come at Globe Life Park.
May 2 - 6:16 PM

Colby Lewis hurled six scoreless innings Friday against the Athletics, but was handed a no-decision.

It was his best start of the season thus far. Lewis held the A's to just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. He left in position for the victory, but the bullpen gave the game away. Lewis now has a solid 3.00 ERA an 23/8 K/BB ratio in 30 innings over his first five starts this season. He'll square off against the Astros next week on the road.
May 2 - 12:34 AM

Neftali Feliz blew a save in Friday's loss to the Athletics.

It wasn't your typical save chance, as Feliz was brought on with two on and two out in the top of the eighth inning. However, he gave up a go-ahead two-run double to Brett Lawrie and an RBI single to Mark Canha to be charged with his second blown save of the season. The 26-year-old now has a 5.79 ERA and 9/5 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
May 2 - 12:33 AM

Prince Fielder went 2-for-4 with a solo homer Friday against the Athletics.

It was his second home run of the season and traveled at a distance of 441 feet. That's the Prince Fielder we remember. After missing most of 2014 due to neck surgery, the 30-year-old is batting .341/.389/.477 across his first 22 games this season.
May 2 - 12:32 AM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said earlier this week that the club hopes Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will be ready for activation in late May.

Previous timetables had Hamilton possibly returning as soon as mid-May, but it appears the goal is to get him back late this month. Hamilton is recovered from shoulder surgery, but he's essentially in spring training mode right now and needs to work himself back into game shape. Rangers outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy said Wednesday that he's pleased with how Hamilton has looked in workouts. "I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," Murphy said. "I have to put the reins on him because he wants to do a lot more. That is good."
May 1 - 11:00 AM

Wandy Rodriguez gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

Rodriguez walked five and committed one of the Rangers' four errors on the night. It's pretty much impossible to be that sloppy and beat Felix Hernandez. Rodriguez should remain in the rotation, but we're not fond of him in AL-only leagues.
Apr 29 - 11:35 PM

Rougned Odor went 0-for-4 as the Rangers' No. 2 hitter in Wednesday's loss.

Odor has mostly hit in the bottom third of the order, but he's made three starts hitting first or second and gone 1-for-11 with a walk. He'd be a better bet in fantasy leagues if he could claim the two hole for himself, but that .147 average isn't getting it done.
Apr 29 - 11:26 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears the Dodgers were involved in talks with the Angels for Josh Hamilton before he was traded to the Rangers.

Every scenario still had Hamilton ending up in Texas, Heyman said, but the Dodgers wanted to get involved in hopes of trading cash for prospects. The Dodgers, obviously, have no use for Hamilton, so there's no reason to think they're in the market for an outfielder despite the report.
Apr 29 - 9:09 PM


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