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The Rangers will call up Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.

That's when Rougned Odor will begin serving his seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista in the face. Profar is a shortstop by trade but will handle second base in Odor's absence. The 23-year-old hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013. Profar could boost his trade value with a strong showing over the next week. He's played reasonably well for Round Rock this year, hitting .284 with five homers and four steals. The Rangers haven't announced who will go down in the corresponding roster move.
May 26 - 5:30 PM

Rougned Odor's suspension has been reduced from eight games to seven.

His appeal was heard by the league on Tuesday. Odor will begin serving his ban on Friday. Jurickson Profar is expected to take his place on the active roster. This is probably as good a result as Odor could have hoped for. Some thought Odor actually got off easy after slugging Jose Bautista in a game last week. He's eligible to return June 4 against Seattle.
May 26 - 5:24 PM

Nomar Mazara went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Angels.

Mazara socked a solo home run off Angels starter Hector Santiago in the second inning that traveled an estimated 491 feet. That makes it the longest home run hit by any major leaguer in 2016. He would add a two-run single in the sixth to secure his other two RBI on the afternoon. For the season, the 21-year-old outfielder is slashing .320/.365/.500 with eight home runs and 21 RBI over 150 at-bats. He has six multi-hit games in his last 10. Mazara, long considered an intriguing all-around talent, has become an immediate star at the major league level.
May 25 - 6:29 PM

Colby Lewis earned the win despite pitching terribly in Wednesday's game against the Angels, allowing six runs on eight hits over five-plus innings.

Lewis might have improved to 4-0, but it wasn't pretty. He struck out one and walked one on the afternoon, with the Angels striking for a run in the first, three in the second and solitary runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Despite these scuffles, the veteran right-hander still holds a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 45/13 K/BB ratio across 64 innings. He will play host to the Astros in his next scheduled start.
May 25 - 6:04 PM

Rougned Odor's eight-game suspension appeal decision probably won't come until Thursday or Friday.

Odor had the appeal hearing Tuesday, but Jon Morosi of FOX Sports notes that there is "a lot of information being considered" by the people tasked with rendering a ruling. The second baseman was issued the eight-game punishment by Major League Baseball on May 17 for his role in a massive May 15 brawl with the Blue Jays. He could be clearly seen connecting on a punch to Jose Bautista's face. Odor will remain active until the appeal decision is announced.
May 25 - 10:54 AM

Nomar Mazara finished 3-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored as the Rangers topped the Angels 4-1 on Tuesday.

Mazara hit a two-run home run off Angels starter Jhoulys Chacin in the sixth inning, and he also singled and scored in the fourth. The homer was the third in six games for the outfielder, giving him seven on the season. The 21-year-old is hitting .317/.364/.483 in 38 games after starting the year at Triple-A.
May 25 - 12:04 AM

Sam Dyson struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday, closing out the Angels to earn his fifth save.

Dyson needed just 10 pitches to finish off the bottom portion of the Angels order. Despite not being a Proven Closer, he's taken to the closer role with little issue thus far, collecting three saves in three chances since Shawn Tolleson was removed from ninth-inning duties last week. Dyson owns a 2.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 17/6 K/BB ratio in 22 innings and shouldn't be a free agent in many fantasy leagues at this point.
May 24 - 11:57 PM

Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored against the Angels on Tuesday.

The dual threat now has nine steals and six home runs on the season. And after hitting .229/.312/.373 in April, Desmond is batting .340 with 12 multi-hit games this month. The strong stretch has his overall line up to a healthy .287/.342/.466 with 26 RBI and 33 runs scored, good for eighth-best in the American League.
May 24 - 11:48 PM

Martin Perez threw six scoreless innings in a win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Perez yielded five hits, all singles, and walked two in the outing. He also struck out six. The southpaw has been both lucky and good through 10 starts, posting a 3.13 ERA with a less impressive 1.33 WHIP -- inflated by 30 walks in 60 1/3 innings -- overall. Perez will try to piggyback off Tuesday's success when he takes on the Indians on Monday.
May 24 - 11:43 PM

Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail told reporters that Yu Darvish (elbow) will likely be limited to 85-90 pitches in his 2016 debut Saturday versus the Pirates.

"That would be a good pitch count," Brocail said. "It all depends on how he looks during the game and how many pitches he has. We're not going to have him go out there and throw 150 pitches. Hopefully he gets out there and uses his fastball to get early outs and uses his pitches wisely and keeps us in the game." Darvish threw 87 pitches over six scoreless innings in his final rehab start Sunday with Double-A Frisco. He had a 0.90 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 21/6 K/BB ratio in 20 total rehab innings. The ace right-hander is returning from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
May 24 - 8:01 PM

Robinson Chirinos (forearm) could be ready for activation from the 60-day disabled list when first eligible on June 9.

That comes from beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Chirinos was given a recovery timetable of 10-12 weeks when he underwent surgery for a broken right ulna on April 11. He'd be coming in two weeks ahead of that. It's a promising injury update for a Rangers team that needs promising injury updates.
May 24 - 6:10 PM

Rougned Odor is batting leadoff in the Rangers' starting lineup Tuesday versus Anaheim.

Odor had an appeal hearing for his eight-game suspension on Tuesday afternoon, but the Rangers aren't expecting a ruling to come down before the start of Tuesday night's game against the visiting Angels. The second baseman was issued the suspension (and a fine) for his role in last Sunday's brawl with the Blue Jays. Odor got a clean shot to the face of Jose Bautista after Bautista slid hard into him at the second base bag.
May 24 - 4:16 PM

Derek Holland pitched well but was saddled with a loss Monday, yielding two runs across 6 2/3 frames against the Angels.

Holland served up a two-run shot to Albert Pujols in the third inning and that wound up being the only runs scored in the game. The left-hander gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Although he's lost both times, Holland has put up two straight nice outings following his worst two showings of the season. He'll get the Pirates this weekend.
May 23 - 11:44 PM

Rangers designated INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Jared Hoying on the 40-man roster. Kivlehan, who was acquired from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the Leonys Martin deal, was batting just .184/.252/.262 through 36 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
May 23 - 7:35 PM

Rangers recalled INF/OF Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock.

Gallo missed three weeks with a strained groin, but he went 5-for-16 with a homer and four RBI in four games since returning to action. Interestingly, he made a start at first base on Sunday, which could be an option with Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder struggling. He hasn't played the outfield at all this season, but the Rangers figure to give him some looks there with Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs now both on the disabled list. Assuming the playing time is there, the young slugger is worth a flier in most fantasy formats. Expect plenty of strikeouts, but the power potential is huge.
May 23 - 7:18 PM


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