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MLB: Chicago White Sox at Texas Rangers
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Bubba Thompson, Rangers try to run past White Sox again

August 5, 2022, 10:37 AM

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The Chicago White Sox are looking to get on a roll, while the Texas Rangers are trying to piece things together.

The teams will play the second game of a four-game series in Arlington, Texas, on Friday night.

The Rangers prevailed 3-2 on Thursday to snap a three-game slide. The White Sox had won two straight and four of their previous five.

The Friday pitching matchup will pit White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease (11-4, 2.01 ERA) against Rangers right-hander Glenn Otto (4-7, 5.50).

The third-place White Sox are playing with a sense of urgency, as they look to make up ground in the American League Central on first-place Minnesota and second-place Cleveland. The Twins are one game ahead of the Guardians and two games up on the White Sox.

Chicago is in the middle of playing 19 straight games against sub .500 teams.

"We have to do our thing and win as many as we can no matter what," the White Sox's Andrew Vaughn said, according to MLB.com. "No matter how close we are or how far away we are, we have to keep going."

The Rangers, meanwhile, are dealing with some roster uncertainty. Before Thursday's game, they designated outfielders Steele Walker and Steven Duggar for assignment.

With Kole Calhoun going on the injured list Thursday due to right-heel irritation, outfielder Bubba Thompson was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock, and left-hander Cole Ragans was called up to make the start in the opener against the White Sox.

Thompson started in left field, and the 24-year-old picked up his first big league hit on a bunt single in the seventh inning.

A speedster, Thompson stole 49 bases this season for Round Rock while hitting .303 with 13 home runs, 12 doubles, four triples and 48 RBIs.

"This guy just talks baseball all day," Texas manager Chris Woodward said during his pregame radio segment on Thursday. "He wants to get better. Wants to improve. Wants to learn. And we've seen that in the numbers. We've seen the process get better."

While the White Sox had a disappointing night in the series opener, they are in good position to bounce back with Cease on the mound.

The 26-year-old has been effective all season, but on the road, he has been especially tough, going 6-1 with a 1.30 ERA in nine starts.

Overall, Cease has 161 strikeouts in 116 2/3 innings.

This will be Cease's first start against the Rangers since he picked up a win on Sept. 17, 2021, when he logged five shutout innings and struck out 10. Lifetime, he is 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA against Texas.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are trying to get Otto back on track. He is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in his past seven starts.

Dealing with traffic on the bases has been an issue during the rough stretch, as Otto has walked 15 and given up 35 hits for a 1.58 WHIP. That's helped lead to him surrendering 26 runs (25 earned) in his past 31 2/3 innings.

Otto's last win came on June 4 against the Seattle Mariners.

Pitching at home also has been a challenge for Otto this year, as he is 2-3 with a 7.39 ERA in seven starts in Arlington.

The 26-year-old has never faced the White Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers
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Rangers put RHP Jon Gray (oblique) on IL

August 3, 2022, 12:44 AM

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The Texas Rangers put right-hander Jon Gray on the 15-day injured list Tuesday with a left oblique strain.

Gray was forced to leave Monday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles in the second inning with the injury. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk on 45 pitches.

In corresponding moves, the Rangers recalled left-hander Taylor Hearn and right-hander Josh Sborz from Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers had an open roster spot after trading away Matt Bush on Monday.

Gray, 30, is 7-6 with a 3.83 ERA in 19 starts this season, his first in Texas.

Hearn has gone 4-6 with a 5.50 ERA over 16 games (13 starts) spanning two stints with the Rangers this season.

Sborz has no record with a 7.94 ERA over 11 relief appearances spanning six stints with Texas this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers
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Brewers acquire RHP Matt Bush from Rangers

August 2, 2022, 4:27 AM

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The Milwaukee Brewers acquired right-handed pitcher Matt Bush from the Texas Rangers on Monday in exchange for infielder Mark Mathias and left-handed pitcher Antoine Kelly.

Bush, 36, joins a Milwaukee bullpen that lost Josh Hader on Monday afternoon, as the Brewers traded him to the San Diego Padres ahead of Tuesday's 6 p.m. (ET) trade deadline. In 40 games (five starts) with the Rangers this season, Bush went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA.

After being selected first overall in the 2004 MLB Draft by San Diego, Bush has spent all five of his major league seasons with Texas. In 180 career appearances (five starts), he is 12-7 with a 3.34 ERA and has recorded 188 strikeouts in 177 2/3 innings of work.

Mathias, who turns 28 on Tuesday, appeared in 16 games for the Brewers in 2020 and has appeared in six this season. He is batting .231 with one homer and eight RBIs during his limited time in the majors.

Kelly, 22, has not made his major league debut. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA this season at Class-A Wisconsin.

The Rangers will add Mathias to the 40-man roster, while Kelly will join one of Texas' minor league affiliates sometime this week.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox
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White Sox SS Tim Anderson suspended three games

July 30, 2022, 11:37 PM

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Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was suspended three games for making contact with umpire Nick Mahrley in Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Anderson will appeal the suspension making him eligible to play until he has a hearing in the matter with MLB. He was also fined an undisclosed amount.

In the seventh inning of Friday's game, Anderson was arguing a called strike by Mahrley. He was ejected along with manager Tony La Russa. The tip of Anderson's helmet appeared to make contact with Mahrley during the argument.

Anderson also was suspended for two games earlier this year for making contact with an umpire in September of last season during an on-field incident with the Detroit Tigers.

Anderson, who was an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, is batting .310 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 71 games. In seven seasons, all with the White Sox, the 29-year-old is batting .288 with 97 home runs and 313 RBIs in 764 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians
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White Sox place RHP Reynaldo Lopez (back) on 15-day IL

July 28, 2022, 9:48 PM

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The Chicago White Sox placed right-hander Reynaldo Lopez on the 15-day injured list Thursday due to a lower back strain.

The move is retroactive to Monday, two days after he recorded his third blown save of the season. He allowed one run on two hits in one-third of an inning in a no-decision against the Cleveland Guardians.

The White Sox announced they will make a corresponding roster move prior to Friday's series opener against the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Lopez, 28, is 4-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 37 appearances (one start) this season.

He is 34-40 with a 4.51 ERA in 149 career appearances (97 starts) with the Washington Nationals (2016) and White Sox.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
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Rangers activate RHP Dane Dunning

July 27, 2022, 12:45 AM

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The Texas Rangers activated right-handed pitcher Dane Dunning from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday ahead of the team's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Left-hander Taylor Hearn was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.

Dunning landed on the 15-day IL with a right ankle impingement after going 1-6 with a 4.42 ERA through his first 18 appearances (all starts) of the season. He is scheduled to start against the Mariners on Tuesday night in what will be his first outing since July 10.

Hearn has split time between the Rangers and Round Rock this season. During his time with the big-league club, Hearn has gone 4-6 with a 5.50 ERA in 16 games (13 starts).

--Field Level Media

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-NC State v Vanderbilt
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Rangers sign No. 3 pick RHP Kumar Rocker

July 26, 2022, 4:58 PM

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The Texas Rangers announced the signing Tuesday of No. 3 overall draft pick Kumar Rocker.

The 22-year-old right-hander passed his physical and will receive a $5.2 million signing bonus, USA Today reported.

"The Texas Rangers are excited to have Kumar Rocker joining our organization," said general manager Chris Young in a news release. "Kumar is an elite competitor with the potential to make a major contribution for the Rangers, and we look forward to watching his development. We will be working with Kumar in the short term on the appropriate training and pitching program for the remainder of the 2022 season."

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Rocker was drafted 10th overall by the New York Mets in 2021 but did not sign before the Aug. 1 deadline.

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Rocker was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in five starts for the Tri-City Valley Cats of the independent Frontier League earlier this summer. He struck out 32 and walked four in 20 innings.

He went 28-10 with a 2.89 ERA in 42 games (39 starts) at Vanderbilt from 2019-21. He was the Most Outstanding Player for the Commodores' 2019 College World Series championship squad and earned unanimous All-America honors in 2021 after leading the nation in wins (14) and strikeouts (179).

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks
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Rangers, Dallas Keuchel agree to minor league deal

July 26, 2022, 2:21 AM

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Left-hander Dallas Keuchel joined his third organization of the year when he agreed to a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers on Monday.

The 34-year-old veteran will report to Triple-A Round Rock later this week, the Rangers announced.

Keuchel, a former Cy Young Award winner, began the season with the Chicago White Sox, going 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts before he was designated for assignment in late May and subsequently released.

He joined the Arizona farm system a week later and made his way to the Diamondbacks' major league roster on June 26. Keuchel posted an 0-2 record and a 9.64 ERA in four starts for the Diamondbacks before they released him on Friday.

A two-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove honoree, Keuchel was part of the Houston Astros' 2017 World Series championship team that became infamous due to illegal sign-stealing. He played in Houston from 2012-18 before stints with the Atlanta Braves (2019), the White Sox (2020-22) and the Diamondbacks (2022).

In 266 career regular-season games (255 starts), Keuchel has a 101-89 record with a 3.92 ERA and 1,211 strikeouts in 1,578 innings. His best season was 2015, when he captured the AL Cy Young Award after going 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
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Rangers recall Ezequiel Duran, place Brad Miller on IL

July 21, 2022, 4:59 PM

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The Texas Rangers recalled infielder Ezequiel Duran from Triple-A Round Rock in time to be available for Thursday afternoon's game in Miami.

The Rangers placed infielder/outfielder Brad Miller on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Monday, with a neck strain. The earliest eligible return for Miller is next Thursday.

Duran, 23, saw his first career Major League action earlier this season, batting .258 with two home runs and eight RBIs over 16 games in June with the Rangers.

After being sent to Round Rock on June 25, Duran excelled, batting .295 with six home runs, five doubles and 17 RBIs in 18 games. He began the season at Double-A Frisco, batting .317/.365/.574 in 45 games.

Miller last played Sunday, when he went 0-for-3 with a walk as the designated hitter against the Seattle Mariners. He had been scratched from the lineup the previous day due to neck tightness.

In 65 games for Texas this season, Miller is batting .207 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs.

--Field Level Media

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Mississippi State v Vanderbilt
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Reports: Rangers agree to terms with 1st-round pick Kumar Rocker

July 18, 2022, 9:22 PM

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The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with their third overall pick in the MLB draft, right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker, for $5.2 million, multiple reports said Monday.

Per the New York Post, Rocker -- who was unsigned by the New York Mets after being picked 10th overall in the 2021 draft -- will earn "nearly a half million dollars more than last year's Mets slot at No. 10."

The Rangers' selection of Rocker at No. 3 overall Sunday stunned draft experts, as many of whom had predicted him to be chosen in the middle of the first round.

Rocker, 22, was named an All-American in 2021 after going 14-4 with a 2.73 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 122 innings and previously helping Vanderbilt win the 2019 College World Series -- where he was named the Most Outstanding Player.

The Mets failed to sign Rocker last year after reported concerns about the health of his arm raised by a team physical, ESPN reported at the time.

In May Rocker signed with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the independent Frontier League, where he posted a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings while auditioning before the draft.

Because they didn't sign Rocker, the Mets receive the 11th pick as compensation, where they chose Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins
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White Sox OF Luis Robert to see specialist, no IL decision

July 18, 2022, 6:21 PM

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Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert is scheduled to see a specialist for lightheadedness following a two-game absence from the lineup over the weekend.

Robert missed the Saturday and Sunday games with the Minnesota Twins. He said he felt dizzy in the second game of the series at Target Field on Friday, exiting the game following one plate appearance.

Robert hit a grand slam Thursday night and had three consecutive three-hit games entering Friday's game.

Manager Tony La Russa said the White Sox were not planning to place Robert on the injured list, opting to rest him for the final games of the series entering the All-Star break. Robert is expected to see a specialist because he was still not feeling normal on Sunday.

"He is still not feeling right," La Russa said Sunday, noting the White Sox expected him to see doctors Monday.

Robert is batting .301 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs this season.

La Russa also said the team will need to make a decision on the roster status of outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez is nursing a sore right leg and did not play in the four-game series with the Twins.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians
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Liam Hendriks, Jordan Romano added to AL All-Star roster

July 17, 2022, 3:57 PM

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Chicago White Sox right-hander Liam Hendriks and fellow reliever Jordan Romano of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday were added to the American League roster for the upcoming All-Star Game.

They replace New York Yankees star Gerrit Cole and Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, both of whom will be inactive for Tuesday's game in Los Angeles.

Also on Sunday, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Devin Williams was named to the National League roster in place of Atlanta Braves left-hander Max Fried, who also will be inactive.

Hendriks, 33, was an All-Star in both 2019 and 2021. He owns a 1-2 record with 18 saves and a 2.35 ERA in 30 appearances this season heading into Sunday's action.

Romano, 29, is headed to his first MLB All-Star Game. He is 3-2 with a league-leading 19 saves and a 2.73 ERA in 34 appearances this season.

Williams, 27, will be an All-Star for the first time in his career. The 2020 NL Rookie of the Year, Williams is 2-0 with six saves and a 1.77 ERA in 39 appearances this season.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Texas Rangers at Arizona Diamondbacks
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Rangers activate RHP Jonathan Hernandez

July 16, 2022, 9:44 PM

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The Texas Rangers activated right-handed pitcher Jonathan Hernandez from the 60-day injured list on Saturday.

Hernandez, 26, is now set to make his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 12, 2021. Hernandez's last action came in 2020, when he compiled a 5-1 record and a 2.90 ERA over 27 relief appearances.

For his career, Hernandez has a 7-2 record with a 3.40 ERA over 36 appearances (two starts).

During his rehab stint with Triple-A Round Rock this season, Hernandez appeared in 15 games, compiling a 4.05 ERA with 16 strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings. He also pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in an outing at Double-A Frisco.

Hernandez takes the roster space of right-hander A.J. Alexy, who was optioned to Triple-A. The Rangers also designated outfielder Zach Reks for assignment.

Alexy, 24, was rocked in his one big league appearance on July 15, surrendering three runs on three hits in two innings of work against the Seattle Mariners.

Reks, 28, batted .265 this season in 34 at-bats for the Rangers.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Texas Rangers
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Corey Seager completes HR Derby field; Shohei Ohtani declines

July 15, 2022, 12:45 AM

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The Texas Rangers' Corey Seager will swing for the fences in his return to Dodger Stadium next week, accepting the eighth and final spot in Monday's Home Run Derby.

Earlier Thursday, Seager was named as an injury replacement on the American League All-Star team for the Toronto Blue Jays' George Springer.

Multiple reports Thursday said Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani was offered a spot in the Derby field, but he declined. Ohtani was named an All-Star as a designated hitter and a pitcher for the second consecutive year.

Seager, who left the Dodgers to sign a 10-year, $325-million contract with the Rangers this past offseason, has hit 59 of his 125 career home runs at Dodger Stadium. He played his first seven seasons with the Dodgers and was an All-Star twice, also participating in the 2016 Home Run Derby when he was eliminated in the first round.

Named the No. 3 seed for the event, Seager will join two-time defending champion Pete Alonso of the New York Mets, Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals, Kyle Schwarber of the Philadelphia Phillies, Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners and Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Guardians.

The reigning AL Player of the Week, Seager is batting .245 with 21 homers and 48 RBIs over 84 games this season heading into play on Thursday.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Texas Rangers
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Rangers' Corey Seager replaces George Springer on All-Star roster

July 14, 2022, 9:11 PM

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Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager on Thursday was named to the American League roster for the upcoming MLB All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Seager, who is headed to his third All-Star Game, was selected as an injury replacement for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer.

The reigning AL Player of the Week, Seager is batting .245 with 21 homers and 48 RBIs over 84 games this season heading into play on Thursday.

Seager, 28, signed a 10-year, $325 million contract with the Rangers in the offseason.

Springer, 32, reportedly opted to rest his ailing elbow as opposed to play in the All-Star Game.

--Field Level Media