Player News - Rangers

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Rangers RHP prospect Pedro Payano spun a one-hit shutout Wednesday in a win for Low-A Hickory.

He finished with a season-high 11 strikeouts and only two walks. Payano had a no-hitter going until Greensboro's Isael Soto led off the eighth inning with a bloop single to left field. The 21-year-old improved to 1-1 while lowering his league-leading ERA to 0.38. Opponents have hit .089 against him with 27 punch-outs in 79 at-bats. 70 of his season-high 99 pitches Wednesday went for strikes.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 28 - 2:08 PM

Rangers 2B prospect Andy Ibanez cranked his 12th double of the year Wednesday in a win for Low-A Hickory.

That's four more doubles than anyone else in the South Atlantic League. Ibanez has been on a tear all year, hitting .408 with a ridiculous .671 slugging percentage. Ibanez leads the league in both hits (31) and total bases (51) and is also second in OPS (1.130). He's hit safely in six of his last seven games, batting .419 during that span. Ibanez won't be long for Low-A if this keeps up.
Apr 28 - 12:23 PM

Rangers released RHP Cody Buckel.

Buckel was ranked a top-100 prospect by MLB.com back in 2013, but he had dreadful showings in 2014 and 2015. The right-hander will turn 24 years old in June.
Apr 28 - 12:02 PM

Martin Perez held the Yankees to two runs over six innings Wednesday for his first win of 2016.

Perez walked two and gave up six hits, including a fourth-inning homer to Alex Rodriguez, but he out-dueled Yankees starter CC Sabathia for six innings and the Rangers' bullpen registered zeros in the seventh, eighth, and ninth. Perez will carry a 1-2 record and 4.20 ERA into his next start on the road against the Blue Jays.
Apr 27 - 11:10 PM

Cole Hamels (groin) will start against the Angels on Sunday.

Hamels was scratched from a scheduled Monday start against the Yankees due to left groin soreness. He threw a 26-pitch bullpen that same day and felt good. Then, on Wednesday, the 32-year-old southpaw threw another problem-free bullpen. "Felt free and easy, nothing holding me back," Hamels said, adding, "If it was later [in the season], I don’t think we would have taken this sort of precaution. I probably would just bite the bullet and fight through it."
Apr 27 - 9:36 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) will begin his rehab assignment by throwing two innings or 30 pitches at Double-A Frisco on Sunday.

Two innings or 30 pitches, whichever mark happens to pass first for Darvish. He has been throwing live batting practice sessions and bullpens as he works his way back from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. The ace could potentially return to the Rangers' rotation by the end of May.
Apr 27 - 4:44 PM

A.J. Griffin threw eight innings of one-run ball as the Rangers trounced the Yankees 10-1 on Tuesday.

Griffin yielded just four singles and a walk in the contest, by far his best start as a member of the Rangers. He moved to 3-0 with the win, lowering his ERA to 2.52 with a 1.04 WHIP. Another tough task awaits when Griffin and the Rangers visit the Blue Jays on Monday.
Apr 26 - 10:50 PM

Mitch Moreland went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Moreland pitched in a two-run single in the Rangers' five-run third inning against Yankees starter Luis Severino. The output matched Moreland's production from the previous five games, as he'd been 2-for-16 without an RBI or a run scored over that span. The 30-year-old is hitting .239/.301/.418 overall.
Apr 26 - 10:45 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored in a win over the Yankees on Tuesday.

The revitalization of Desmond continues. Left for dead after a terrible start, he's 10-for-25 (.400) with three home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs scored and three steals in his last eight games. His 17 runs scored on the year are third-best in the American League.
Apr 26 - 10:40 PM

Elvis Andrus went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Tuesday against the Yankees.

Andrus had an RBI single in the Rangers' five-run third inning. He had another single and a double in the game. The shortstop doesn't have a home run or a stolen base to date, but he's hitting .343/.370/.463 with 12 RBI and eight runs scored through 19 games.
Apr 26 - 10:33 PM

Rougned Odor hit his third home run of the season in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Batting leadoff once again, Odor got on the board with a solo shot in the eighth inning of a lopsided win. Still, the 22-year-old will take it, as will fantasy owners. Odor enjoyed a big spring but got off to a slow start out of the gate, and through 21 games he's hitting .234/.272/.403 with three homers, 14 RBI, 11 runs scored and four steals.
Apr 26 - 10:32 PM

Shin-Soo Choo (calf) hit front flips and jogged on a treadmill Monday.

It's the first time he's been able to do any form of running since injuring his calf on April 9. While a rehab assignment isn't on the horizon, Choo remains confident he'll return earlier than his original 4-6 week timetable. Rookie Nomar Mazara has done a marvelous job in his absence, hitting .354 with a .411 on base percentage in 13 appearances.
Apr 26 - 9:00 AM

Delino DeShields was dropped to ninth in the Rangers' batting order Monday against the Yankees.

DeShields had hit leadoff in his previous 16 games. Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he just wanted to stack left-handers against Nathan Eovaldi, though we suspect DeShields' recent 2-for-20 slump may have influenced his decision. Obviously a permanent move to the No. 9 spot would be a big hit to DeShields' already sinking fantasy value. It will be interesting to see where he bats Tuesday against right-hander Luis Severino.
Apr 26 - 8:54 AM

Cesar Ramos was charged with three runs over six innings in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Ramos allowed nine hits, walked two and struck out five. The Rangers needed him to make a spot start with Cole Hamels (groin) banged up. The left-hander is surely headed back to Triple-A Round Rock's rotation.
Apr 25 - 11:07 PM

Brett Nicholas hit his first major league homer in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Not only that, the longball came off of Dellin Betances. Nicholas has been sharing the catching duties with Bryan Holaday. He has more of a bat than Holaday but is unlikely to have any fantasy value.
Apr 25 - 11:00 PM


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