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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Cubs were among the teams scouting Yu Darvish's start against the Rays on Friday.

They had to come away impressed with what they saw after Darvish whiffed 12 over eight innings of three-run baseball. He's one of the top arms rumored to be available prior to the trade deadline, so expect the action surrounding him to heat up in the coming days.
Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

Elvis Andrus plated the go-ahead run with an infield RBI single in the 10th inning as part of Friday’s 4-3 victory over the Rays.

Andrus went 3-for-5 on the night, including a solo homer in the first inning. He entered Friday’s action in a miserable 2-for-33 slide, so hopefully this will get him going again.
Jul 21 - 11:04 PM

Shin-Soo Choo launched a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday against the Rays.

Alex Cobb entered the ninth inning with the chance to finish off a complete game victory, but Choo spoiled the party after Joey Gallo led off the frame with a double. The 35-year-old also drew an intentional walk in the 10th, which set up Elvis Andrus’ go-ahead infield single. The veteran outfielder has two homers and five RBI over his last four games after driving in just four runs with zero homers over his previous 16 games.
Jul 21 - 11:04 PM

Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters while allowing three runs over eight innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday.

Darvish gave up five hits on the night, three of which were solo homers. Shin-Soo Choo took him off the hook for the loss with a game-tying homer in the ninth inning, but he remains winless dating back to June 12. This was Darvish’s 32nd career double-digit strikeout game, good enough for second in team history. Nolan Ryan ranks first with 34 of them. With Darvish’s name circulating in trade rumors, he might not get many more chances to climb that list.
Jul 21 - 11:03 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired with the Rangers on the availability of Yu Darvish.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports previously reported that the Rangers were trying to gauge interest in Darvish, and it appears the Cubs are one of the first teams to have checked in. It could just be due diligence, although the Cubs have been connected to other starters, as well, even after acquiring Jose Quintana, so it appears they're interested in further upgrading their rotation.
Jul 21 - 9:56 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers "have started reaching out to teams potentially interested in acquiring" Yu Darvish.

The Rangers aren't committed to selling yet, but they're 4.5 games out of the second American League Wild Card spot and are behind five other teams chasing the Rays and Yankees. If they do wind up selling, Darvish would immediately become the best available rental pitcher on the market. Passan lists the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Indians, Rockies and Dodgers as teams that he could see as having interest in the impending free agent, although it's unclear at this point which, if any, of those clubs have talked to the Rangers about Darvish at this point.
Jul 21 - 8:52 AM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Orioles.

Napoli connected for the three-run shot off Orioles starter Wade Miley in the fifth inning. He's really heated up since the All-Star break, going 8-for-21 with three homers, six RBI and four runs scored in seven games. The good stretch has helped him bring his line back up over the Mendoza Line, at least, with the 35-year-old hitting .209/.283/.473 with 21 homers and 45 RBI on the year.
Jul 20 - 11:21 PM

Cole Hamels allowed seven runs on nine hits -- including three homers -- over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Hamels cruised through the first three innings and gave up only a solo homer to Jonathan Schoop in the fourth, but things fell apart quickly from there on out. The nine hits allowed were a season high, as were the three homers, and it was the first loss in 10 starts for Hamels. Especially frustrating for fantasy owners was the fact that the poor start came on the heels of two scoreless outings for the 33-year-old. Hamels will carry a 3.78 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into an interleague start against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Jul 20 - 10:54 PM

Jake Diekman (colon) threw a successful 21-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

It was his first time on a mound since last October. Diekman has required three different surgeries to remove and rebuild his colon, but he is aiming to return to the Rangers' bullpen before the end of the 2017 season.
Jul 20 - 3:49 PM

Rangers activated RHP Keone Kela from the 10-day disabled list.

Kela missed around three weeks of action with a sore right shoulder. The 24-year-old returns Thursday to a shiny 2.64 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 42/13 K/BB ratio covering 30 2/3 innings and he could very well be the favorite for saves down the stretch in Texas.
Jul 20 - 3:35 PM

Rangers designated INF Pete Kozma for assignment.

Kozma was batting .111/.200/.194 in 41 plate appearances with the Rangers. The 29-year-old infielder has just four extra-base hits in his last 188 major league games.
Jul 20 - 3:32 PM

Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 and smacked a solo home run against the Orioles on Wednesday.

He went yard off starter Kevin Gausman in the fifth inning. It was his 22nd tater of the season. The 23-year-old slugger doesn't make much contact and owns a paltry .191 batting average, although he does walk a lot and has a not-so-terrible .311 on-base percentage. He's scored 49 times, driven in 42 runs and swiped five bags.
Jul 19 - 10:24 PM

Shin-Soo Choo went 2-for-5 and stole a base in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

Both hits were singles and he didn't factor into the scoring. He is having a solid if not exemplary fantasy season. The veteran outfielder has a .250/.359/.407 slash line with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 50 runs scored. He's swiped eight bags in 10 attempts.
Jul 19 - 10:19 PM

Martin Perez surrendered five runs -- four earned -- in six-plus innings and suffered a loss to the Orioles on Wednesday.

He gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the game (Adam Jones) and allowed two more runs in the third inning, but made it all the way into the seventh before being knocked from the game. He was charged with the first two of the seven runs the Orioles plated in that frame. Martin gave up seven hits and one walk while fanning three in the sub-par outing. His record falls to 5-7 with a 4.63 ERA through 18 starts. He owns a mediocre 68/38 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 101 innings.
Jul 19 - 10:15 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers are not considering trading Cole Hamels.

Yu Darvish may be in play before the July 31 deadline as an impending free agent, but Hamels is under contract through 2019 and the Rangers don't have the kind of roster that requires a full rebuild. Also, they're not out of the running yet for an American League Wild Card berth in 2017. Hamels, 33, boasts a 0.82 ERA in 22 innings (three starts) so far this month.
Jul 19 - 11:15 AM


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