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MLB: Washington Nationals at Texas Rangers
Recap

Josh Bell's RBI single helps Nationals edge Rangers

June 25, 2022, 3:41 AM

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Josh Bell's single to center, his third hit of the night, scored Juan Soto from second base in the eighth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Along with his game-winning hit, Bell also had a triple, double and scored a run.

The Rangers didn't go quietly in the ninth, putting runners on the corners with one out. But Tanner Rainey retired Marcus Semien on a pop out to third base, and ended it by getting Corey Seager to lift a fly ball to center field.

Carl Edwards Jr. (1-1) was credited with the win, and Rainey recorded his ninth save.

The weekend Interleague Series is the first time the Nationals and Rangers have met since 2017, and it's the first time the Nationals have played in Arlington since 2005, the franchise's first year in Washington.

The Nationals pulled ahead in the eighth inning on Soto's double off Dennis Santana (3-3), bringing up the hot-hitting Bell, who has at least one hit in seven of his last eight games. Bell's run-scoring single gives him 45 RBIs.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning.

Nationals right-hander Paolo Espino, making his third start and 23rd appearance, threw a season-high 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits. Since transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation, Espino has now gone back-to-back outings of at least five innings.

Rangers starter Dane Dunning threw six innings, also allowing a run.

Luis Garcia put the Nationals on the board with an RBI ground-rule double in the sixth inning. Bell doubled with one out, and he scored as the ball bounced over the outfield wall.

The Rangers responded quickly in the sixth inning on Adolis Garcia's 14th home run, a solo shot to open the frame.

Garcia also made a standout defensive play, throwing out Nelson Cruz trying to score from second on Keibert Ruiz's single in the fourth inning.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants
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Rangers send Willie Calhoun to Giants for Steven Duggar

June 23, 2022, 6:06 PM

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The San Francisco Giants sent Steven Duggar to the Texas Rangers for Willie Calhoun and cash considerations Thursday in a swap of outfielders.

Duggar has been activated from the 60-day injured list. To make room for Duggar on the club's 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been designated for assignment. The Rangers will make another move to accommodate Duggar on the active 26-man roster when he reports to the club.

Calhoun, 27, had been outrighted to Triple-A after the Rangers designated him for assignment on June 5. The Giants would not need to add him to the 40-man roster if they choose to send him to Triple-A Sacramento.

Duggar's rehab assignment reached its 20-day limit Thursday. He strained an oblique on April 21. He was batting .194 with four RBIs in 12 games when he was injured. His roster spot on the Giants was given to Luis Gonzalez.

Duggar, 28, slashed .257/.330/.437 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs in a career-high 107 games for the Giants in 2021. He's a career .242 hitter in five seasons, all with the Giants.

Calhoun hit .136 with a homer, two RBIs and seven runs in 18 games before getting DFA'd.

Calhoun was a touted prospect when the Rangers acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 as part of the Yu Darvish trade. In 2019, he played in 83 games and hit a career-high 21 home runs, batted .269 and scored 51 times.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Texas Rangers
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Rangers activate DH/C Mitch Garver from COVID IL

June 21, 2022, 8:51 PM

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The Texas Rangers welcomed back Mitch Garver, activating the designated hitter/catcher from the COVID-19 IL, where he has been since June 10.

Garver, who went 2-for-4 in his one rehab appearance at Double-A Frisco on Sunday, is hitting .206 this season for the Rangers. He has seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games for the Guardians, with 22 starts at DH and 14 at catcher.

Garver, 31, has 60 major league home runs and 170 RBIs over six seasons, the first five with the Minnesota Twins. He is a .249 hitter over 348 games.

The Rangers also activated infielder/outfielder Josh Smith, selected the contract of catcher Meibrys Viloria from Triple-A Round Rock, optioned catcher Sam Huff to Round Rock, returned outfielder Zach Reks to Round Rock, transferred outfielder Eli White to the 60-day IL and sent right-hander Glenn Otto (left shoulder sprain) on a rehab assignment.

Viloria, 25, is set for his Rangers debut, having played for the Kansas City Royals from 2018-20. At Round Rock this season, he was batting .344 with an .471 on-base percentage, three home runs and 21 RBIs over 38 games.

Otto was a fifth-round choice of the New York Yankees in 2017. The 26-year-old right-hander, scheduled to start Tuesday night for Round Rock at Oklahoma City, was sent to the IL on June 4. He is 4-2 for the Rangers this season, with a 4.24 ERA in eight starts.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals
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Nationals release veteran INF/OF Dee Strange-Gordon

June 19, 2022, 10:10 PM

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The Washington Nationals requested unconditional release waivers on infielder/outfielder Dee Strange-Gordon on Sunday after he was designated for assignment last week.

Strange-Gordon, 34, was making his return to the major leagues this season after only playing in Triple-A for three separate organizations last season.

A veteran of 11 major league seasons, Strange-Gordon batted .305 this season with three stolen bases, but did not have a walk, leaving him with a .305 on-base percentage. He had just two extra-base hits in 59 at-bats, while playing three different positions on defense and even pitching in a game.

Strange-Gordon won the National League batting title in 2015 when he batted .333 for the Miami Marlins.

Strange-Gordon is a career .286 hitter with 538 runs scored and 336 stolen bases for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-14), Marlins (2015-17), Seattle Mariners (2018-20) and Nationals. The son of longtime major league pitcher Tom Gordon signed with Washington in December on a minor league deal.

--Field Level Media

MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers
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Rangers activate RHP Jose Leclerc after Tommy John surgery

June 17, 2022, 1:21 AM

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The Texas Rangers made a trio of additions Thursday, activating right-hander Jose Leclerc from the 60-day injured list, while left-hander Brett Martin and outfielder Steele Walker were welcomed back from the COVID-19 list.

Leclerc, 28, last pitched in 2020 before undergoing Tommy John surgery. In five career seasons, all with the Rangers, he is 6-10 with a 3.19 ERA in 190 appearances (three starts) and has 29 saves.

Martin, 27, is 0-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 23 major league appearances this season and is 7-12 with a 3.82 ERA in 155 career outings over four seasons in Texas.

Walker, 25, made his major league debut June 5 and had one hit in his first 14 at-bats. After being activated on Thursday, he was immediately optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, along with left-hander Kolby Allard, who was 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in seven appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins
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Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg going back to IL

June 13, 2022, 9:26 PM

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Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will return to the injured list after making his season debut last week, manager Davey Martinez told reporters Monday.

The oft-injured star underwent Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July, sat out the rest of the 2021 season and missed the start of this season while recovering. He returned to the mound Thursday and took the loss against the Miami Marlins, yielding seven runs and eight hits over 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and two walks.

After a bullpen session Saturday, Strasburg "reported discomfort" to the team, reports said.

Strasburg was scheduled to start Tuesday for the Nationals against the red-hot Atlanta Braves. A replacement starter was not yet named.

Strasburg, who turns 34 next month, is a three-time All-Star and the 2019 World Series MVP. He has spent his entire 13-year major league career with the Nationals, who made him the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Strasburg owns a 3.24 career ERA with a 113-62 record over 247 starts. His 1,723 strikeouts rank first in Nationals franchise history.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Texas Rangers
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Rangers OF Eli White (wrist) put on IL after collision

June 13, 2022, 8:50 PM

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The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Eli White on the 10-day injured list, a day after he fractured his right wrist in an outfield collision.

Chasing a ball hit by Danny Mendick in the 11th inning of Sunday's win over the Chicago White Sox, White and left fielder Charlie Culberson ran into each other, with White landing hard on his right arm.

White, who turns 28 later this month, is batting .200 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a team-high 12 stolen bases for Texas.

In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled outfielder Leody Taveras from Triple-A Round Rock.

Taveras, 23, is batting .294 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, three triples and 29 RBIs in 49 games at Round Rock.

He appeared in a combined 82 games for Texas in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, batting .188 with 12 doubles, seven homers and 15 RBIs. Taveras has been caught stealing just once in 19 career attempts.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game One-Texas Rangers at Cleveland Guardians
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Rangers OF Steele Walker placed on COVID list

June 11, 2022, 4:49 PM

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The Texas Rangers placed outfielder Steele Walker on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday.

They added outfielder Zach Reks from Triple-A Round Rock as a replacement player.

Walker, 25, made his major league debut last Sunday and is 1-for-14 with a solo homer in five games.

Reks, 28, a Chicago native, is active for Saturday's game against the host White Sox.

This is his third stint with the Rangers this season and he is batting .227 with three RBIs in nine games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Houston Astros
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Rangers activate INF/OF Brad Miller from IL, lose two others

June 10, 2022, 9:54 PM

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The Texas Rangers reinstated infielder/outfielder Brad Miller from the injured list among a series of moves Friday, which included placing catcher/DH Mitch Garver and right-hander Glenn Otto on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Rangers also optioned infielder Andy Ibanez to Triple-A Round Rock and called up right-handers Tyson Miller and Jesus Tinoco as replacement players.

Brad Miller, 32, landed on the IL on May 30 with right hip impingement. He is hitting .228 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 41 games this season.

Garver, 31, is batting .206 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 39 games.

Otto, 26, is 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA in eight starts. He has struck out 33 batters and walked 23 in 40 1/3 innings.

Ibanez, 29, played 40 games before being sent down, hitting .218 with one homer and nine RBIs.

Tyson Miller, 26, pitched in two games with the Chicago Cubs in 2020 (0-0, 5.40 ERA) in his only previous opportunity in the major leagues. This season at Round Rock, he is 2-3 with a 5.02 ERA in 12 games (four starts).

Tinoco, 27, has 31 career appearances in the majors (0-3 with a 4.89 ERA), splitting six games last season with the Miami Marlins and Colorado Rockies. This season he has made 17 relief appearances for Round Rock, going 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA and six saves.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Washington Nationals
News

Stephen Strasburg to come off IL, start Thursday for Nationals

June 7, 2022, 9:40 PM

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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be activated from the injured list this week and start Thursday's road game against the Miami Marlins for his season debut.

It will mark Strasburg's first major league appearance since June 1, 2021.

The veteran right-hander required Thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July, and after missing the rest of the 2021 season, he still needed time to recover to start 2022.

Strasburg returns to the Nationals after making three rehab starts. In two starts for Class-A Fredericksburg, he went 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA, nine strikeouts and five walks. He then pitched six scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester last Friday.

Strasburg, 33, is a three-time All-Star and the 2019 World Series MVP. He has spent his entire 12-year major league career with the Nationals, who made him the first overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Strasburg owns a 3.21 career ERA with a 113-61 record over 246 starts. His 1,718 strikeouts rank first in Nationals franchise history.

Earlier Tuesday, the Baltimore Orioles claimed Nationals right-handed pitcher Austin Voth off waivers. Washington designated Voth for assignment May 31.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Washington Nationals at Pittsburgh Pirates
News

Orioles claim RHP Austin Voth off waivers from Nationals

June 7, 2022, 8:41 PM

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The Baltimore Orioles claimed right-hander Austin Voth off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Tuesday.

Voth, who turns 30 later this month, spent his full five-year MLB career with the Nationals after they selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 draft.

Used as both a starter and a reliever during that time, Voth owns a 9-8 career record and a 5.70 ERA in 92 games (22 starts) for Washington.

He has struggled in 2022, allowing 21 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings for a 10.13 ERA in 19 relief appearances.

The Orioles also designated right-hander Cody Sedlock for assignment and removed infielder Chris Owings from the bereavement list.

Sedlock gave up five runs in three innings when he made his major league debut May 29 in a loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The Nationals also activated infielder Ehire Adrianza from the 60-day injured list, with two months having passed from Opening Day. They returned Adrianza from a rehab assignment and optioned infielder Lucius Fox to Triple-A Rochester.

Adrianza suffered a quadriceps injury during a spring training game in late March.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners
News

Rangers put LHP Brett Martin on COVID IL

June 7, 2022, 5:07 PM

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The Texas Rangers put left-hander Brett Martin on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday.

Martin (0-4, 4.34 ERA) is tied for the team lead with 23 relief outings this season. Martin leads the Rangers with 155 relief appearances since the start of 2019.

In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled infielder Andy Ibanez from Triple-A Round Rock. They also appointed RHP Josh Sborz as the 27th man for Tuesday's doubleheader at Cleveland.

Ibanez is batting .216 with one home run and nine RBIs in 39 games with the Rangers this season. He was optioned to Round Rock on Sunday.

Sborz (0-0, 10.80) will be in his fourth stint with Texas this season. He has appeared in eight games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
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Nationals RHP Victor Arano (knee) placed on 15-day IL

June 6, 2022, 4:35 PM

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The Washington Nationals placed right-hander Victor Arano on the 15-day injured list Monday with inflammation in his left knee.

The club also reinstated infielder/outfielder Dee Strange-Gordon from the paternity list.

Arano, 27, is tied for the team lead with 24 relief appearances this season. He has a 5.01 ERA with one save, no decisions, 25 strikeouts and four walks in 23 1/3 innings.

Strange-Gordon, 34, batted .293 with two RBIs and three steals in 22 games before going on the paternity list on Friday.

The Nationals have won three straight heading into a three-game series starting Tuesday against the Marlins in Miami.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers
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Rangers designate OF Willie Calhoun for assignment

June 5, 2022, 6:36 PM

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The Texas Rangers designated outfielder Willie Calhoun for assignment on Sunday.

The Rangers have seven days either to trade Calhoun or put him on outright waivers. The 27-year-old requested a trade earlier this season.

Calhoun was a touted prospect when the Rangers acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017 as part of the Yu Darvish trade. In 2019, he played in 83 games and hit a career-high 21 home runs, batted .269 and scored 51 times.

While battling injuries, he hit just .223 since the start of the 2020 season.

The Rangers optioned Calhoun to Triple-A Round Rock on May 1 after he was 6 of 44 (.136) in 18 games to start the season.

Also Sunday, the Rangers selected the contract of outfielder Steele Walker and optioned infielder Andy Ibanez to Round Rock.

Walker, 25, was in Sunday's starting lineup and playing left field against the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut.

At Round Rock this season, Walker is batting.297 with three home runs, five doubles and nine RBIs in 20 games.

Ibanez, 29, hit .216 with one home run and nine RBIs in 39 games with the Rangers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Texas Rangers
News

Royals acquire RHP Albert Abreu from Rangers

June 3, 2022, 5:02 AM

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The Kansas City Royals acquired right-hander Albert Abreu from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league right-hander Yohanse Morel on Thursday night.

Abreu, who was designated for assignment on Monday, had a 3.12 ERA in seven relief outings for Texas this season. He was on the injured list from April 30-May 23 due to a sprained left ankle, and he made three scoreless appearances on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock.

Abreu, 26, was part of a three-player trade on April 2 that brought him to Texas from the New York Yankees.

Morel, 21, was 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 10 relief appearances for Class-A Quad Cities this season. He averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Texas assigned Morel to Class-A Hickory.

--Field Level Media