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Rangers acquired RHPs Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson from the Tigers for RHP Joakim Soria.

Knebel, the No. 39 overall pick in the 2013 draft, is a fast-moving reliever who has already made eight appearances with the Tigers this season. The right-hander has a 1.26 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 84/27 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 minor league innings since turning pro. Knebel should find a home in the Rangers bullpen and could end up closing sooner than later.
Jul 23 - 11:38 PM

Rangers acquired RHPs Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel from the Tigers for RHP Joakim Soria.

Thompson, a second-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft and a Texas native, has the highest upside of the two right-handed prospects acquired in the deal. The 20-year-old owns a 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 203/69 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Double-A Erie. He was the Tigers' No. 4 prospect coming into the season according to Baseball Prospectus.
Jul 23 - 11:30 PM

Leonys Martin hit safely in both of his at-bats in Wednesday's rain-shortened game against the Yankees, going 2-for-2 with a triple and a run scored.

Martin singled and scored in the third, then tripled and was stranded with one out in the fifth, when the game was called. Martin owns a substandard .273/.328/.382 slash line with five home runs, 28 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.
Jul 23 - 10:48 PM

Yu Darvish allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss on Wednesday against the Yankees in a rain-shortened affair.

Darvish made a couple of mistakes in the third inning, walking in Francisco Cervelli to tie the game at 1-1, then allowing a solo home run to Brett Gardner to make it a 2-1 game. Overall, Darvish allowed four hits, walked none, and struck out five. Darvish now owns a 2.92 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 159/42 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Yankees again in his next start, this time at home on Monday.
Jul 23 - 10:45 PM

Rangers prospect RHP Luis Ortiz allowed only one hit and struck out three batters Tuesday in three scoreless innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Ortiz, the No. 30 overall pick in this year's draft, has been almost flawless in his first four professional outings, as he's allowed just five hits and tallied nine strikeouts in eight scoreless innings. The 18-year-old has hasn't shown any lingering effects from the forearm injury that limited him in the spring, as the three innings he logged Tuesday marked his longest outing of his brief professional career.
Jul 23 - 3:24 PM

Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 4-for-7 with a home run and five RBI on Tuesday in a double header for Double-A Frisco.

The 20-year-old slugger went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in game one of the double dip, and then followed it with a 3-for-4, three RBI performance in the night cap. The home run was Gallo's 32nd of the season, which puts him one back of Kris Bryant (33 HR) for the minor league lead. Meanwhile, he now has six hits in his last 10 at-bats at Frisco after going 3-for-22 with 13 strikeouts following his impressive showing in the Futures Games.
Jul 23 - 2:38 PM

Nick Martinez held the Yankees scoreless over 5 1/3 innings but took a no-decision as the Rangers needed 14 innings to lose by a 2-1 margin.

Martinez stymied the Yankees, limiting them to only three hits and a walk while striking out three. He left with one out in the sixth, and 67 pitches, after walking Brett Gardner. Martinez's stats aren't pretty, as he owns a 4.73 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, and 32/32 K/BB ratio. He'll try to improve them all when he takes on the Athletics at home on Sunday.
Jul 23 - 12:17 AM

J.P. Arencibia broke a 0-0 tie in the 13th inning, his only hit in five at-bats, but the Rangers lost in 14 innings to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Arencibia took David Huff out to right-center to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the 13th, but closer Joakim Soria gave the run right back in the bottom half of the inning. Arencibia has had a miserable year offensively, but he has homered in two of five games since the All-Star break. He's slashing a terrible .139/.186/.291 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
Jul 23 - 12:07 AM

Alex Rios (ankle) is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday.

Rios tested out his sore right ankle prior to Tuesday's game and said he's fine, but Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to hold the outfielder out for a third straight game. "It felt good," Rios said. "I know Wash wanted to give me an extra day, but I'm ready. I expect to be as good as ever."
Jul 22 - 7:31 PM

Rangers activated RHP Nick Martinez from the 15-day disabled list.

Martinez missed a little over two weeks with a left side injury. He will return to the Rangers' starting rotation on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The 23-year-old righty owns a rough 5.10 ERA and 1.69 WHIP this season.
Jul 22 - 3:48 PM

Rangers placed C Geovany Soto on the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain.

Soto lasted just three games on the Rangers' active roster. He missed the first three-and-a-half months of the 2014 season following knee surgery and will now likely be sidelined through mid-August. Robinson Chirinos will again serve as the primary catcher in Texas.
Jul 22 - 3:46 PM

Rangers third base prospect Ryan Rua went 3-for-4 with two home runs for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.

Rua has spent roughly one-third of his games in left field since being promoted to Triple-A, possibly as reaction to the Joey Gallo's breakout season. Rua has held his own, hitting .296/.348/.531 over 21 games in the Pacific Coast League since his promotion. Rua has not been able to replicate the 32 home runs he hit in 2013, but his combined line of .299/.369/.488 is better than his .247/.347/.525 line from 2013.
Jul 22 - 2:11 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays are showing interest in re-acquiring Rangers outfielder Alex Rios.

It's interesting, since the Blue Jays let Rios go for nothing to the White Sox in 2009, but they are considering a reunion now that they are starving for offense and his contract doesn't look nearly as bad as it once did. He's making $12.5 million this season and his contract includes a $13.5 million team option for 2015. The Rangers will almost certainly pick it up if they keep him, so they'd likely want a sizable return. The Royals and Mariners are among the other teams who have interest in Rios.
Jul 22 - 12:41 PM

Miles Mikolas limited the Yankees to two runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings Monday to earn his first win as a Ranger.

It looked like it might be another ugly outing for Mikolas when he walked Derek Jeter and then balked him to second on his way to giving up a run in the first. However, he was quite effective from that point on, allowing just three more hits and one walk the rest of the night. Even so, it merely lowered his ERA to 7.48. We still wouldn't suggest picking him up in AL-only leagues.
Jul 21 - 10:57 PM

Jake Smolinski left Monday's game versus the Yankees with a bruised left foot.

Smolinski fouled a ball off the foot. It's not clear at this point whether he'll go for X-rays or if the Rangers are convinced it's a minor issue.
Jul 21 - 10:37 PM


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