Roster pruning next for Rangers

Roster pruning next for Rangers

The Texas Rangers will have to make some moves on their 40-man major-league roster this week. The club has until 4 p.m. Friday to remove right-handers Clayton Blackburn, Matt Bush, Nick Gardewine and Ronald Herrera from the 60-day disabled list and either restore them to the 40-man major-league roster

Mariners Game Day: Seattle tries to get back on track and finish strong vs. Rangers

Mariners Game Day: Seattle tries to get back on track and finish strong vs. Rangers

Seattle Mariners (86-73, L2)
vs. Texas Rangers (67-92, W1)

7:10 p.m. | Safeco Field | Seattle, Wash.

TV: ROOT | Radio: 710 AM | Stream: MLB.tv

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LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55) vs. LHP Martin Perez (2-6, 6.13)

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Thursday | Rangers 2, Mariners 0 » 

Top stories:

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3B coach Scott Brosius happy to be back in the big leagues after 15 seasons at Linfield

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Mariners announce 2018 minor league award winners

Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Nelson Cruz wants to stay in Seattle, but he’s still waiting to hear from the Mariners

Stone | As another season ends in frustration, Mariners caught in worst kind of limbo

Mailbag | Searching for positives in 2018, and why you won’t see any top prospects soon

Mailbag | All things Nelson Cruz, including a possible future with … the Astros?

Mailbag | Buyer’s remorse on Dipoto and Servais? Will Ichiro play in Japan?

On deck:

Saturday | 6:10 p.m. | vs. Rangers

LHP James Paxton (11-6, 3.85) vs. RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.96)

Sunday | 12:10 p.m. | vs. Rangers

RHP Mike Leake (10-10, 4.36) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 5.75)

Mariners Game Day: Marco Gonzales makes his final start to open Mariners' final series of 2018 vs. Rangers

Mariners Game Day: Marco Gonzales makes his final start to open Mariners' final series of 2018 vs. Rangers

Seattle Mariners (86-72, L1)
vs. Texas Rangers (66-92, L3)

7:10 p.m. | Safeco Field | Seattle, Wash.

TV: ROOT | Radio: 710 AM | Stream: MLB.tv

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LHP Marco Gonzales (13-9, 4.12) vs. LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 4.18)

In case you missed it:

Wednesday | Athletics 9, Mariners 3 » 

Top stories:

3B coach Scott Brosius happy to be back in the big leagues after 15 seasons at Linfield

Mariners hire Frankie Thon Jr. as director of international scouting

Mariners announce 2018 minor league award winners

Felix Hernandez ‘so proud to be an American’ after becoming a U.S. citizen

Nelson Cruz wants to stay in Seattle, but he’s still waiting to hear from the Mariners

Stone | As another season ends in frustration, Mariners caught in worst kind of limbo

Mailbag | Searching for positives in 2018, and why you won’t see any top prospects soon

Mailbag | All things Nelson Cruz, including a possible future with … the Astros?

Mailbag | Buyer’s remorse on Dipoto and Servais? Will Ichiro play in Japan?

On deck:

Friday | 7:10 p.m. | vs. Rangers

LHP Wade LeBlanc (8-5, 3.55) vs. LHP Martin Perez (2-6, 6.13)

Saturday | 6:10 p.m. | vs. Rangers

LHP James Paxton (11-6, 3.85) vs. RHP Adrian Sampson (0-2, 4.96)

Sunday | 12:10 p.m. | vs. Rangers

RHP Mike Leake (10-10, 4.36) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-7, 5.75)

WATCH: Was this Adrian Beltre's final send-off from Rangers' home crowd?

WATCH: Was this Adrian Beltre's final send-off from Rangers' home crowd?

In the top of the sixth inning, the Rangers moved Adrian Beltre to the bench in what may be his final home game at Globe Life Park.

Fans took notice, giving the future Hall of Famer a nice ovation as he greeted each of his teammates before retiring to the dugout. 

This offseason, Beltre will decide whether or not he wants to return to the Rangers or if he wants to retire from baseball altogether. 

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Texas Rangers Move Triple-A Team From Round Rock To Nashville

Texas Rangers Move Triple-A Team From Round Rock To Nashville

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers Triple-A team is now the Nashville Sounds after the two entities signed a four-year Player Development Contract which will run through the conclusion of the 2022 season.

The Rangers former Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, is now affiliated with American League West division rival Houston Astros.

“The Texas Rangers are very pleased to enter into this four-year Player Development Contract with the Nashville Sounds,” said Texas Rangers Co-Chairman and Managing Partner Ray Davis. “Led by Frank Ward and Adam Nuse, the Sounds are one of Minor League Baseball’s top organizations.”

“The Sounds have received incredible fan support as the franchise finished fourth in Minor League Baseball in overall attendance with over 600,000 fans attending games at beautiful First Tennessee Park in downtown Nashville in 2018. For a number of reasons, this became a very attractive location for our Triple-A club and we look forward to a productive relationship with the Sounds,” said Davis.

“This is an exciting day in Nashville Sounds baseball history,” said Sounds General Manager Adam Nuse. “Forming a partnership with one of the most well-respected organizations in Major League Baseball is thrilling for our organization and the City of Nashville. With leadership from Ray Davis, Neil Leibman and Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers are a first-class franchise and we’re ecstatic to build this relationship.”

Texas is the eighth Major League team the Sounds have affiliated with since the franchise was founded in 1978, the Sounds said in a news release Thursday. The Rangers have created a winning culture with an 849-761 (.527) record over the last 10 years. Texas has won four American League West Division Championships during the stretch and has played in two World Series (2010 & 2011). During that same 10-year span, Rangers Triple-A affiliates have produced a 721-705 (.506) record with three division titles.

“The Nashville Sounds front office has a great reputation of taking care of its players, and we believe this is a tremendous opportunity,” said Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. “I think our players and development staff will enjoy playing and working in an environment with first-class facilities and an exciting game atmosphere.”

Since opening First Tennessee Park in 2015, over two million fans have passed through the gates to watch Nashville Sounds baseball.

In 2020, the Rangers open Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The projected $1.1 billion stadium will be complete with a retractable roof and have approximately 40,000 seats.

Four Texas Rangers farmhands are in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect list. OF Leody Taveras (No. 42), OF Willie Calhoun (No. 47), OF Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 58) and RHP Cole Winn (No. 94) could don a Sounds uniform in the next few years.

Former players to play with both the Nashville Sounds and Texas Rangers include Prince Fielder, Nelson Cruz, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress.

The 2019 Nashville Sounds coaching staff will be announced later this fall.

Sunday's game ended on Padres' walkoff grand slam, but the Rangers may have lost it earlier

Sunday's game ended on Padres' walkoff grand slam, but the Rangers may have lost it earlier

SAN DIEGO — The game ended on a walkoff grand slam Sunday, but the Rangers may have lost it earlier, running into three outs on the bases in a single inning. It was one of three wasted opportunities in the 7-3 loss to the Padres; the Rangers also left the bases loaded twice, including the ninth innings.

In the sixth inning, the Rangers went 3 for 4, but Joey Gallo was caught in a rundown between second and third on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s ground ball. Kiner-Falefa was then put out at second trying to advance behind Gallo. And after Ronald Guzman doubled, Robinson Chirinos was thrown out trying to advance to second when it appeared San Diego didn’t have a play at the plate.

It raised the Rangers’ total number of outs on the bases to 79 (including caught stealing), the third highest total in the AL. Kiner-Falefa has now made 10 outs on the bases (including times caught stealing). Only Rougned Odor (18) has more among the Rangers.

“We can’t give out those outs there,” manager Jeff Banister said. “We’ve got to make better decisions. [Kiner-Falefa] has had a couple of plays on the bases lately that he will learn from. He will be better off in the long-term for it.”

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