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Gallo homers twice in 11-inning loss to Tribe

Left fielder forces extras with 9th-inning blast, but Rangers drop second-half opener
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ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo's two home runs led a stirring comeback, and the Rangers came oh so close to what would have been one of their most dramatic wins of the season Friday night.

But Gallo and his teammates missed out on a golden opportunity to finish on a triumphant note in the bottom of the 10th. Instead the Rangers ecstacy turned to agony in the 11th when the Indians pulled out a 9-8 victory at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON -- Joey Gallo's two home runs led a stirring comeback, and the Rangers came oh so close to what would have been one of their most dramatic wins of the season Friday night.

But Gallo and his teammates missed out on a golden opportunity to finish on a triumphant note in the bottom of the 10th. Instead the Rangers ecstacy turned to agony in the 11th when the Indians pulled out a 9-8 victory at Globe Life Park.

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"Tough that we lost," Gallo said. "Probably the best opportunity you can have to win the game there. We just didn't come through, myself included. I think it showed the grit in this team, though. The fact that we're going to fight against one of the best teams. Personally, it was a pretty good game for me, but I did want to win it there in my last at-bat."

The Rangers used five relievers to get to the 11th and -- going with a six-man bullpen -- were left with long reliever Matt Moore. He gave up a leadoff double to Jose Ramirez and an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion that brought home the go-ahead run.

Video: CLE@TEX: Encarnacion lines a go-ahead RBI hit in 11th

"Obviously, six [relievers] in a game like that becomes challenging, but Matt Moore's a Major League pitcher," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Obviously gave up the one run, however, I thought he threw some good pitches that inning to get himself out of it."

The Rangers trailed 7-4 going into the bottom of the seventh and 8-6 in the ninth. But Gallo put on a tremendous late-inning power display and helped send the game into extra innings.

Gallo welcomed Indians left-hander Brad Hand into the American League with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Gallo was the first hitter Hand faced after being acquired from the Padres on Thursday.

That made it a one-run game. Yandy Diaz's triple in the top of the ninth gave the Indians an 8-6 lead, but Cleveland closer Cody Allen gave up back-to-back home runs to Robinson Chirinos and Gallo with two out in the home half.

Video: CLE@TEX: Rangers go back-to-back to tie game in 9th

They came on back-to-back pitches and both were crushed. Chirinos hit a 1-0 fastball deep into the left-field seats that had a projected distance of 452 feet according to Statcast™.

Gallo then hit a first-pitch fastball into the upper deck in right-center with a projected distance of 472 feet. It was the longest by the Rangers this year and the second longest for Gallo in his career. He had a 490-foot home run in Anaheim last year. This was Gallo's sixth multi-homer game of his career and a nice way to start the second half after the All-Star break.

"The second half, I just want to relax and play the game," Gallo said. "That's what I did those at-bats, try to make them throw a strike, get a pitch in the zone and do what I can do, because I know that I'm pretty special if I can put the bat on the ball more."

The Rangers missed a chance to win it in the 10th after consecutive singles by Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Zach McAllister.

Ronald Guzman smacked a hard grounder to third and Ramirez made a nice play to his left, throwing home for the force. McAllister then struck out Chirinos and Gallo to end the inning.

"Just wanted to keep swinging the way I was swinging," Gallo said. "I just missed a couple pitches that at-bat, but I haven't faced that guy before, so I was kind of going up a little blind, and he made his pitches against all of us. I wasn't trying to hit a home run or anything, I just wanted to put a bat on the ball, and I didn't, but that was my thought process. Two outs, pray for the best. You can't really hit a sac fly or anything."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The Rangers scored two in the second but a baserunning mix up cost them a bigger inning. The Rangers, trailing 3-1, had the bases loaded with no outs when Shin-Soo Choo grounded a single into right field. Chirinos scored from third and third base coach Tony Beasley was waving in Gallo, too. But Gallo stopped at third while Delino DeShields, running from first, did not. He rounded second with the intention of going to third but stopped and was easily tagged out. Willie Calhoun's single drove home Gallo, but Trevor Bauer struck out the next two hitters.

"You go back and look at it," Banister said. "The base-running play situation, ball hit to right field there, I think when [Gallo] looked up at Tony, thought Tony was stopping him at that point, and it was hard to re-crank in that situation, at that time."

Video: CLE@TEX: Bauer whiffs Beltre to strand a pair in 2nd

CHOO EXTENDS STREAK
Choo had a pair of singles to extend his on-base streak to 52 straight games. That's the longest in the Major Leagues since Kevin Millar reached in 52 straight for the Orioles in 2007. It's the longest single-season streak in Rangers history. Will Clark had a 59-game streak at the end of 1995 and the beginning of 1996.

Video: CLE@TEX: Choo extends on-base streak to 52 games 

SOUND SMART
DeShields beat out a bunt in the second inning by racing from home to first in 3.55 seconds. That's the third fastest single, according to Statcast™, in the Majors this season. Cory Spangenberg, a left-handed hitter had one at 3.44 second on July 8 and DeShields had one at 3.50 seconds on June 12. DeShields has the two fastest singles by a right-handed hitter this season and eight of the top 14. His 10 bunt hits also lead the Major Leagues. The hit snapped an 0-for-28 skid for DeShields.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Choo started in right field for the first time since June 27 and made a terrific catch in the fourth at the wall to take extra bases away from Indians designated hitter Diaz.

Video: CLE@TEX: Choo makes a great jumping grab on the track

HE SAID IT
"Yeah that was crazy; it was honestly probably the longest game I've been a part of, but it's baseball, it happens. It was a good game, though." -- Rangers designated hitter Willie Calhoun, who was called up on Friday

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Odor was called out trying to steal second after a leadoff single in the fifth inning. The Rangers challenged the call, and it was overturned by replay. Odor was safe and ended up scoring on singles by Guzman and Chirinos.

Video: CLE@TEX: Odor steals second after a Rangers challenge

UP NEXT
Bartolo Colon makes his 18th start for the Rangers on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT against Carlos Carrasco and the Indians. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, is going for his 246th win, which would surpass Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for most victories by a pitcher from Latin America. He is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his last two starts and is 7-5 with a 4.07 ERA in 14 career starts against the Indians. His career began with the Indians in 1997.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Diekman taking trade rumors in stride

Rangers relievers drawing interest ahead of July 31 Deadline
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ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Jake Diekman has been traded once before at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

He is not going to agonize over the possibility of it happening again.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers reliever Jake Diekman has been traded once before at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

He is not going to agonize over the possibility of it happening again.

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"If it happens, it happens," Diekman said. "If it doesn't, it doesn't. I guess we have 10 1/2 days left. If I think about it, I am going to stress out my pregnant wife (Amanda, who is due in November), and that will be terrible."

The Rangers are getting quite a bit of interest in their relievers with Diekman and closer Keone Kela being the obviously names. Diekman has appeared in 41 games for the Rangers and is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA and a .226 opponents' batting average. He has struck out 10.96 batters per nine innings but also walked 5.08. Left-handers are hitting .300 off him -- which may be a concern for clubs looking for a lefty setup reliever -- but he's holding right-handed hitters to a.190 average.

Texas originally acquired him in a trade with the Phillies on July 31, 2015.

Video: Rangers Most Likely: Jake Diekman

The Rangers traded one reliever on Thursday when they sent right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Cubs for Minor League pitcher Tyler Thomas. That left them one reliever short on Friday night as the Rangers are waiting until Saturday when left-hander Alex Claudio is eligible to come off the disabled list.

Claudio has been sidelined since July 10 with a sprained left ankle, but threw a bullpen on Thursday without any issues or pain. 

Hamels pushed back
The Rangers are pushing Cole Hamels' next start back to Monday night against the Athletics. The Rangers originally had Hamels pitching on Sunday against the Indians but Yovani Gallardo will pitch instead.

"Just give Cole another day," manager Jeff Banister said. "Coming out of the break, this is something [the coaching staff] talked about, giving Cole an extra day. We felt like the extra day would help him."

Video: TEX@BAL: Hamels strikes out Beckham in the 4th

Heineman talked about 
Banister said the Rangers did talk about outfielder Scott Heineman before deciding to call up Willie Calhoun on Friday. Heineman, who started the season at Double-A Frisco, has played in 82 games at Round Rock and is hitting .299 with nine home runs, 47 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, a .378 on-base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage.

"He continues to play extremely well," Banister said. "All the reports have been good. Obviously, he is making a strong case for himself. That's what you want."

Heineman is currently serving a three-game suspension from the Pacific Coast League for his role in an altercation at Oklahoma City on Saturday. That had nothing to do with the Rangers' decision on Friday, Banister said.

Rangers beat:
Chi Chi Gonzalez, who is coming up on his July 24 anniversary of undergoing Tommy John surgery, is throwing off the mound in Surprise, Ariz. and progressing well.

• Veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez, who was signed in Spring Training to a Minor League contract, has his Tommy John anniversary on Aug. 4 and is throwing on flat ground in Surprise without any issues. Gonzalez and Volquez aren't expected to pitch this season but should be ready for Spring Training next year.

Yohander Mendez is scheduled to make his first start for Double-A Frisco on Saturday. He was promoted from Class A Advanced Down East after going 1-2 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts there. Mendez was sent down from the big leagues on June 19 after an off-the-field incident in Kansas City, and the Rangers are pleased with the way he has responded.

"Yohander has a clean slate with the organization," general manager Jon Daniels said. "That was a one-time mistake that won't be held against him. That just gave us the opportunity to approach him about some of the things we want him to focus on. He has been receptive, and it has been good."

• Minor League catcher Jose Trevino had surgery on his left shoulder Monday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Trevino played in three games with the Rangers earlier this season and was currently at Frisco.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Rangers put Mazara on DL, call up Calhoun

Outfielder sidelined by right thumb sprain; No. 2 prospect opens second MLB stint
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Nomar Mazara on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained right thumb, a move that has brought up Willie Calhoun from Triple A Round Rock and could mean Joey Gallo moving to right field.

Mazara injured the thumb during the Rangers' three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore right before the All-Star break. He did not play in the final game Sunday. Mazara, who is hitting .272 with 15 home runs and a club-leading 58 RBIs, was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday, meaning the first day he can come off is July 27.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have placed outfielder Nomar Mazara on the disabled list on Friday with a sprained right thumb, a move that has brought up Willie Calhoun from Triple A Round Rock and could mean Joey Gallo moving to right field.

Mazara injured the thumb during the Rangers' three-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore right before the All-Star break. He did not play in the final game Sunday. Mazara, who is hitting .272 with 15 home runs and a club-leading 58 RBIs, was placed on the DL retroactive to Tuesday, meaning the first day he can come off is July 27.

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"We don't have an exact feel for it," manager Jeff Banister said. "I know since the injury there has been some improvement. We'll know more in the next couple of days. It just got to the point where it was best to put him on the DL."

Calhoun, who arrived late afternoon from Omaha, went into the lineup Friday night as the designated hitter with Gallo in left and Shin-Soo Choo in right. Choo was bothered by a sore right quad muscle just before the All-Star break but said he feels well enough to play the outfield.

Video: OAK@TEX: Calhoun ranges back, makes a phenomenal grab

Both Gallo and Calhoun have been playing left field this season. Banister said when Choo is used at designated hitter, the plan is for Gallo to play right and use Calhoun in left.

Calhoun, Texas' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, is with the Rangers because of the Mazara injury, but Banister said it's possible he could make a case for staying in the big leagues for good. Banister pointed out that utility player Isiah Kiner-Falefa and first baseman Ronald Guzman both were called up because of injuries to others and are still here. The Rangers aren't ruling it out with Calhoun.

"Let's get him in-house and let him play," Banister said. "We have a number of (young) guys who are part of the whole (rebuilding) process. Obviously if Willlie plays well, most everybody makes their case by what they do on the field. Two guys came up in a similar situation, put their foot down and are getting the opportunity."

Calhoun has played in 94 games at Round Rock and owns a .306/.360/.440 slash line with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He is hitting .351 in his last 41 games since the beginning of June.

Video: Mayo discusses Calhoun's offensive potential

Calhoun entered Spring Training as the apparent favorite to be the Rangers left fielder, but was sent down early in camp to work on his defense. He has been used strictly in left field for Round Rock except for occasional time at designated hitter. The Rangers are confident that Calhoun can hit big league pitching but are waiting to see how he develops defensively.

"All the reports have been he's improved on defense," Banister said. "He has played steady, routine outfield defense. Willie has earned the right to come up and play. We just feel this is the right time to get an opportunity to play on this team."

Calhoun was acquired from the Dodgers on July 31 last season in a trade for pitcher Yu Darvish. He made his Major League debut in September and was 9-for-34 (.265) with one home run and four RBIs in 13 games.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Beltre makes leaping effort to catch a bat

Adrian Beltre is one of the best defensive third basemen in the game, with five Gold Gloves sitting on his mantle attesting to that fact. So, he's used to fielding just about anything he puts his mind to. 

Against the Indians on Friday night, he came up a little short ... when trying to field a baseball bat. Yes, as if he was following a piece of advice from "Dodgeball," (if you can catch a bat, you can catch a ball), Beltre went full extenstion to snag Yandy Diaz's loose lumber: 

Martinez homers again for Spokan

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Pirates prospects Bryan Reynolds and Will Craig put on an impressive power display as the duo led Double-A Altoona to a 10-8 win over Reading.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Pirates prospects Bryan Reynolds and Will Craig put on an impressive power display as the duo led Double-A Altoona to a 10-8 win over Reading.

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Reynolds, the Pirates' No. 5 prospect, and Craig (No. 15) each homered twice, including back-to-back blasts in the seventh.

Craig, who has put together three straight two-hit games after going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, got the scoring started with a three-run homer in the third. Reynolds' first homer of the day came an inning later, when he hit a two-run blast out to right.

In the seventh, the duo put the finishing touches on their big nights as they went back-to-back -- Reynolds then Craig -- to lead off the frame.

Reynolds, Craig go back-to-back

The multihomer games were career firsts for the 2016 Draft picks, who now have three (Reynolds) and 16 (Craig) homers on the year.

Other top prospect performances from Friday's action:

No. 2 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) turned in the fifth two-homer game of his career and his second of the season in a monster performance with Triple-A Charlotte. The 21-year-old, who finished 3-for-5, did all of his damage right out of the gate, collecting hits in each of his first three at-bats. Jimenez hit a solo homer in the first, came through with an RBI double in the third and then went deep again in the fifth.

Jimenez goes deep

• No. 11 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) set a career high with five RBIs for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Lewis, who is hitting .357 through seven games since being promoted to the Miracle, hit his 10th homer of the season - a three-run blast - as part of his 2-for-5 night.

• No. 25 overall prospect Kyle Wright (Braves' No. 2) picked up the win after spinning his third straight quality start for Double-A Mississippi. Wright, who yielded just one run on two hits, threw 53 of his 81 pitches for strikes. The 2017 first-round Draft pick issued one walk and struck out five as he lowered his ERA to 3.91 and cruised through seven innings.

• No. 56 overall prospect Julio Pablo Martinez (Rangers' No. 3) homered in his third straight game with Class A Short Season Spokane. Martinez, 22, hit a two-run homer in the second inning, giving him six homers through 27 games with the Indians. He finished 2-for-4.

Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray did a little bit of everything for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old showed off his 60-grade speed on multiple occasions as he stole two bases and hit an inside the park homer. Ray, who also doubled and scored a run, finished 3-for-4 and has hits in nine of his last 11 games.

Ray's inside-the-park homer

Orioles No. 14 prospect Cameron Bishop spun his third scoreless start of the season for Class A Delmarva. The lefty, who threw 43 of his 64 pitches for strikes, matched his season high with eight strikeouts without walking a batter. Bishop yielded just three hits and has now given up two earned runs or less in seven straight starts, lowering his ERA to 2.74 through 17 starts (101 2/3 innings this season).

Tigers No. 23 prospect Matt Hall, who made 23 appearances out of the bullpen to begin the season, recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second time in five starts this year. Hall threw a season-high 104 pitches (67 strikes) over six innings of one-run ball. The left-hander stuck out 10, issued one walk and worked his way around seven hits for Triple-A Toledo.

Reds No. 4 prospect Tony Santillan has been dominant since being promoted to Double-A Pensacola. The right-hander, who threw six scoreless innings, is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA through three starts with the Blue Wahoos after posting a 2.70 ERA through 15 starts with Class A Advanced Daytona. Santillan didn't issue a walk in his outing, struck out six and gave up five hits while throwing 55 of his 80 pitches for strikes. In addition to keeping runs off the board, Santillan has also posted an impressive 18-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio since his promotion.

• Luken Baker, whom the Cardinals selected with the 75th overall pick in the 2018 Draft, drove in a trio of runs as part of a 2-for-4 performance in the Rookie-level GCL. After going hitless in his professional debut, Baker has hits in seven straight games and is slashing an impressive .500/.536/.708.

• Hunter Stovall, the Rockies 21st-round selection from the 2018 Draft, has been consistently hitting the ball out of the yard for Rookie-level Grand Junction. Stovall went just 1-for-4 at the plate, but has gone deep in three straight games and has hit five homers through the first 10 games of his professional career.

Stovall goes yard

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Rangers trade Chavez, could deal more arms

Club receives Minor League left-hander Thomas from Cubs
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been getting trade interest in their relievers, and that was reinforced on Thursday night when they dealt veteran right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Cubs in exchange for Minor League left-hander Tyler Thomas.

Thomas was a seventh-round pick by the Cubs out of Fresno State in the 2017 MLB Draft. He was 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) at Class A South Bend in the Midwest League. He had a 0.96 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and 14 walks in 75 innings.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have been getting trade interest in their relievers, and that was reinforced on Thursday night when they dealt veteran right-hander Jesse Chavez to the Cubs in exchange for Minor League left-hander Tyler Thomas.

Thomas was a seventh-round pick by the Cubs out of Fresno State in the 2017 MLB Draft. He was 3-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) at Class A South Bend in the Midwest League. He had a 0.96 WHIP with 81 strikeouts and 14 walks in 75 innings.

Thomas has a fastball that averages 89-90 mph with good deception and excellent control. He supplements it with a curveball and changeup. Thomas was assigned to Class A Hickory.

"Tyler can command three pitches, including a very good changeup," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He's competitive, knows how to pitch and has had success at every stop. We liked him as an amateur and are happy to add him to our system now."

The bullpen has been a strength for the Rangers through the first half, led by closer Keone Kela and left-handed reliever Jake Diekman, and both could be of interest to clubs looking for relief help.

Chavez was also a major contributor, going 3-1 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He started out the season as a long reliever, but has been used in late-inning situations over the past month.

Most contending clubs figure to be seeking bullpen help during the current trade cycle. The Indians made the first move on Thursday, when they acquired left-hander Brad Hand and right-hander Adam Cimber from the Padres.

"I expect, industry-wise, more relievers will be traded," Daniels said. "The way the game is played today, everybody is looking for bullpen help all the time."

Daniels has immersed himself in the task of looking at all possibilities in improving the team.

"It's the same as every year, a lot of conversations, a lot of dialogues with clubs," Daniels said. "We're going through some different possibilities. You never know, we'll have a lot of conversations that ultimately won't lead to deals, but our goal is to flush a lot of things out and see what makes sense internally."

Left-handed starter Cole Hamels remains the Rangers' highest-profile trade candidate, and there are clubs actively looking to upgrade their rotation, including the Yankees, Mariners, Brewers and Phillies, among others.

There are multiple ways for clubs to view Hamels. He is a 13-year veteran with a long track record of success and a strong postseason resume. But he is also 5-8 with a 4.36 ERA in 19 starts this season, allowing 21 home runs in 109 1/3 innings. He is 1-2 with a 9.53 ERA over his last four starts.

Hamels' contract is also a factor. The lefty is making $23.5 million this year, which means a club could have to assume approximately $8 million in a trade. The Rangers would likely be willing to pick up part of that, depending on the quality of players in return, as they are more interested in acquiring talent than worrying about money.

The Rangers showed that earlier this month when they acquired outfielder Austin Jackson in a trade with the Giants, along with reliever Cory Gearrin and Minor League pitcher Jason Bahr. The Rangers released Jackson and assumed approximately $4 million in salary obligations so they could acquire the two pitchers.

The Rangers aren't getting much interest in veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon, who likely has three starts left before the Deadline. That could change before the end of the month, but Colon is 3-6 with a 6.31 ERA over his last 10 starts. He pitches on Saturday against the Indians.

Daniels said there are different types of trade discussions going on right now. Some involve the traditional buyer/seller deals that take place this time of the year. Other discussions are non-traditional and creative, such as the deal earlier this month with the Giants. The other area involves clubs who are strong in one area looking to shore up weaknesses in other spots.

That could mean the Rangers are looking to move relievers, and it also could involve infielder Jurickson Profar. Profar played well for two months at shortstop while Elvis Andrus was on the disabled list, but he is back to a utility role and could be attractive to clubs with a need at that position. The Orioles have shown interest in Profar in the past, and they just traded All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers.

"We have had the conversations you would expect," Daniels said. "There are conversations with clubs that make a lot of sense. You can line up the clubs that have needs that fit. But there are smaller trades, clubs not looking for front-line stars, but just looking to fill out their roster."

The Rangers aren't expected to trade veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre unless circumstances change drastically. They would prefer to keep Beltre for his leadership qualities and try to re-sign him for next season. Beltre has also indicated a willingness to return, and Daniels made it clear that the future Hall of Famer's value to the Rangers is above what they normally would consider in a trade situation.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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North Plaza, Texas Live! nearing completion

Complex is first phase of development before Globe Life Field arrives in 2020
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ARLINGTON -- The construction of the North Plaza and Texas Live! is nearing completion as both venues prepare to open to the public in the coming weeks.

The North Plaza will open along with Texas Live! on August 9 and serve as the north entrance to Globe Life Field, which will open in 2020.

ARLINGTON -- The construction of the North Plaza and Texas Live! is nearing completion as both venues prepare to open to the public in the coming weeks.

The North Plaza will open along with Texas Live! on August 9 and serve as the north entrance to Globe Life Field, which will open in 2020.

Rangers executive vice president of business operations Rob Matwick said the plaza -- located adjacent to Texas Live! -- is designed to create an interactive experience for fans.

The plaza is approximately 2 1/2 acres and will contain several unique elements, including retail stores, two-sided videoboards, six media towers and an interactive fountain that can be programmed for music and water shows in Rangers colors.

Video: Behind the scenes walk-through of Texas Live!

"We have six large media towers that sort of guide you through that entryway, and the potential to choreograph music with the sound coming from the media towers," Matwick said. "We've talked about doing things like, if the Rangers win, [the music] activates into the ballpark, [we'll] punch that same button and it will activate out onto the plaza and the fountain, so the choreography will be the same," Matwick said. "We think that's a really neat element."

Texas Live! will feature 200,000 square feet of dining and entertainment venues including Live! Arena, PBR Texas, Lockhart Smokehouse, Troy's, Pudge's Pizza, Sports & Social Arlington and a signature venue from Guy Fieri. It will also feature Arlington Backyard, a 5,000-seat capacity outdoor event pavilion.

Video: SD@TEX: Ivan Rodriguez discusses Pudge's Pizza

As for the construction of Globe Life Field, Rangers vice president of project development Jack Hill said everything has continued to proceed as planned.

The facility has made major strides since groundbreaking took place on Sept. 28, 2017. The installation of the precast concrete risers for the seating bowl began last week, and the foundation for home plate and the outfield walls has already begun.

"Although it's hot, this nice, dry weather is perfect for what we're doing, which is a lot of concrete," Hill said. "We're pouring concrete, which is major for us, roughly three to four times a week."

The new ballpark will open in 2020 at a shared cost of $1.1 billion between the Rangers and the city of Arlington. The stadium has an approximate capacity of 40,000 and will feature a retractable roof for climate control.

The columns that will support the roof are also now under construction. The roof is over six acres, according to Hill.

Construction has also begun on the 14-story Live by Loews! Hotel, which is expected to be ready by 2019.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com

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Rangers looking for young pitching at Deadline

Veteran rotation woes, young prospect injuries have plagued club so far
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are in last place in the American League West at the All-Star break primarily because of their starting pitching.

There are other areas to point at -- injuries, inconsistent offense, a defense that leads the league in errors -- but it really comes down to starting pitching, and Texas continues to struggle in putting together a viable rotation.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are in last place in the American League West at the All-Star break primarily because of their starting pitching.

There are other areas to point at -- injuries, inconsistent offense, a defense that leads the league in errors -- but it really comes down to starting pitching, and Texas continues to struggle in putting together a viable rotation.

Cole Hamels and Mike Minor have been hot and cold, Martin Perez has been limited to six starts because of injury and Doug Fister and Matt Moore have not contributed as much as expected. Overall, the Rangers' rotation -- despite the best efforts of Bartolo Colon -- is 25-42 with a 5.31 ERA, and that has been the foundation of all their problems.

Video: TEX@BAL: Hamels strikes out Beckham in the 4th

Current status: Seller
The Rangers went into the season fully admitting they were not "all-in" this season. The latest corollary to that philosophy is success this season will not be measured by wins or losses, but by the development of their young players. Texas has clearly evolved into a rebuilding mode, and it will attempt to augment that with its July 31 Trade Deadline deals.

What they are seeking
They need young pitching. Desperately. Not only has their Major League rotation had issues, but the Rangers' problems run deep into their farm system. Top pitching prospects Cole Ragans, Alex Speas, Joe Palumbo, Kyle Cody and Chi Chi Gonzalez have all had to deal with Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, and Yohander Mendez had his reset button pushed by being sent all the way back to Class A.

Video: Top Prospects: Cole Ragans, LHP, Rangers

What they have to offer
Hamels is the obvious trade chip, but he only heads the list. Realistically, the Rangers have to listen on anybody. Certainly, they are going to be reluctant to include Nomar Mazara, Jose Leclerc, Keone Kela and perhaps some of their other young talent, but they can't afford to be close-minded on anything. Texas needs to find starting pitching any way possible.

Video: TEX@BAL: Andrus scores from first on Mazara's double

Possible scenario
The Rangers aren't opposed to trading for young Class A pitchers with high upside, but really could use starters with a chance to contribute in the next year or two. So if Philadelphia is interested in Hamels, Texas may prefer to discuss Triple-A pitchers Tom Eshelman and Ranger Suarez or Double-A pitchers JoJo Romero or Franklyn Kilome. The Yankees are deep in Minor League pitching, including Chance Adams and Giovanny Gallegos at Triple-A and Domingo Acevedo, Trevor Stephan and Jonathan Loaisiga at Double-A. Hamels will likely have three starts before July 31, and the Rangers need him at his best to maximize his trade value.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Choo stays hot with single, run in 1st ASG

DH is 1st position player from South Korea to play in All-Star Game
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WASHINGTON -- An ongoing 51-game on-base streak is a major reason why Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he continued to find ways to reach base during the American League's 8-6, 10-inning win in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Choo led off the eighth inning with a single off Milwaukee's Josh Hader, and he eventually scored on a three-run home run from Seattle's Jean Segura that gave the AL a 5-2 lead at the time.

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WASHINGTON -- An ongoing 51-game on-base streak is a major reason why Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he continued to find ways to reach base during the American League's 8-6, 10-inning win in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Choo led off the eighth inning with a single off Milwaukee's Josh Hader, and he eventually scored on a three-run home run from Seattle's Jean Segura that gave the AL a 5-2 lead at the time.

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Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

After falling behind in the count to Hader, Choo said he had to adjust to the lefty's delivery. Once he did, Choo was able to drive a single to left field on a 2-2 count.

"It was a tough angle, the arm angle, so I just did what was possible to make contact," Choo said. "Trying to make an inside-out swing with the left-handed pitcher."

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Choo also made history with his appearance on Tuesday, becoming the first position player from South Korea to play in the All-Star Game. He is just the third player from South Korea to be selected as an All-Star, joining Byung-Hyun Kim and Chan Ho Park.

The selection was a proud moment for Choo, who had his wife and children in attendance at Nationals Park.

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And the experience of the game itself was also enjoyable for Choo.

"[You see] the best pitchers every inning, basically, and the best hitters," he said. "That doesn't happen all the time. It's just one time a year, so it's a really good experience [to] talk with them, learn something from them. It's a good two days, but pretty short."

Choo's 51-game on-base streak is the longest in the Majors this season. Choo's streak became the longest in club history when he broke Julio Franco's previous record of 46 games earlier this month.

During those 51 games, Choo is hitting .337 with a .469 on-base percentage and a .596 slugging percentage. He has scored 31 runs, hit 13 home runs, drove in 28 runs and walked 47 times. Choo's ability to consistently reach base, make opposing pitchers work and set the tone for a young Rangers lineup is a key reason why Rangers manager Jeff Banister moved him to the leadoff spot earlier this season.

Overall, Choo's .405 on-base percentage is the third highest in the American League, and his .911 OPS is the ninth highest. His 62 walks are third best in the league, and his 18 home runs are the most he's ever had at the break.

The 36-year-old Choo is also the second-oldest first-time All-Star in club history. Pitcher Charlie Hough was 38 when he was selected for his lone All-Star Game in 1986.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com

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On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

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WASHINGTON -- The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.

Video: 2018 All-Star Game sets new record with 10 home runs

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In the end, the two standout swats were the back-to-back solo shots hit by Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer -- off a Dodgers pitcher (Ross Stripling), no less -- in the top of the 10th inning of what became an 8-6 victory for the American League.

Video: 2018 ASG: Bregman wins MVP, gives car to his mother

Bregman was given the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet for his role in the AL's sixth straight win in the Midsummer Classic.

"I took a cutter down the middle of the first pitch and kind of went into battle mode and just was trying to put a line drive in play, and it left the yard," said Bregman. "It was crazy. It was a lot of fun."

But while the result reflects the AL's recent dominance in this summer showcase and, in a way, the Astros' standing as defending champs, the game itself was reflective of the homer-happy times we live in.

Video: 2018 ASG: AL bash 5 homers to earn extra-innings win

"It was like a regular-season game with the home runs accounting for pretty much everything," said Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ, who made a rare turn in the "closer" role by getting the save in the 10th. "Maybe a few less walks than normal, but pretty standard stuff. We were commenting in the bullpen that that's the way it's going these days."

The two teams combined for 10 homers, destroying the previous record of six that had last been reached in 1971 by some gentlemen named Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Roberto Clemente -- Hall of Famers, all.

Video: 2018 ASG: NL crush 5 home runs in Washington, D.C.

Maybe not all of the blasts on this night were hit by guys who are Cooperstown-bound. But Bregman, Springer, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto collectively put up a performance for the All-Star ages. All but one of the game's 14 runs was driven in by a long ball.

Video: 2018 ASG: Segura clobbers a go-ahead 3-run HR

"To kind of empty your tank and hit homers at this event is probably the best thing imaginable," said AL and Astros manager AJ Hinch. "Just to have that kind of emotion that comes with the home run. Especially when the big boys hit it, and especially when the Astros hit it."

Video: 2018 ASG: Hinch on Bregman, Springer in All-Star Game

The AL seemingly had the game in hand thanks to Segura's pinch-hit three-run homer off Josh Hader in the top of the eighth. But Gennett wowed the crowd and stunned the junior circuit by taking Mariners closer Edwin Diaz deep in the bottom of the ninth to tie it.

To extras it went, and it didn't take long for Bregman and Springer to summon the Fall Classic magic of old. The AL added another run on -- of all things -- a sacrifice fly from Michael Brantley. And though Votto's solo shot in the bottom of the 10th kept things interesting, Happ was able to close it out before any more dinger drama developed.

Video: 2018 ASG: Sale K's 1 in scoreless 1st inning

So this was a night for watching it fly and letting it fly. AL starter Chris Sale threw a fastball clocked by Statcast™ at 100.7 mph -- his fastest pitch since 2010. NL starter Max Scherzer threw his four fastest pitches of the season en route to striking out four in two innings of work.

Video: 2018 ASG: Scherzer fans 4 batters in ASG start

The All-Stars capitalized on their opportunity to showcase their skills in the nation's capital, and they let their personalities show, too, with in-game selfies and mic'd-up position players. Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor felt so bad when he couldn't muscle a drive over the wall that he dropped down and did some pushups. It was that kind of night.

Video: 2018 ASG: Lindor hits the grass for some pushups

There was even some off-the-field drama developing, with reports swirling about Manny Machado possibly heading to the Dodgers as he played what might have been his last game in a Baltimore Orioles uniform. In an in-game interview with FOX Sports and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Machado acknowledged the not-so-subtle storyline by saying, "If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well, I did everything I could for the organization."

Video: 2018 ASG: Machado talks All-Star Game, trade rumors

The AL could be losing one of its signature stars. But it won a game that very much resembled a Derby.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gennett's game-tying homer might get lost to history, given the end result, but he still put himself in a pretty cool spot in the All-Star history books. When he hit his two-run, 396-foot blast off Diaz, Gennett became just the third player to hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of a Midsummer Classic, joining Ralph Kiner in 1950 and Fred McGriff in '94. That sent the All-Star Game into extras for a second consecutive year. The last time that had happened was 1966-67.

Video: 2018 ASG: Gennett hits game-tying HR in the 9th

SOUND SMART
This was the first game in MLB history -- regular season, postseason or All-Star -- in which five players homered for each team.

HE SAID IT
"In the beginning, it was, 'Is anybody going to get a hit other than a homer?' And at the end, it was, 'Are we going to have enough pitching to get out of this mess?'" -- Hinch

UP NEXT
Oh yes, they'll meet again. The 90th All-Star Game will take place on July 9, 2019, at Cleveland's Progressive Field, which last hosted the Midsummer Classic in 1997 (when it was still known as Jacobs Field). The AL will take an All-Star edge into that contest, having broken the all-time tie Tuesday by improving to 44-43-2 against the NL.

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Choo takes break from streak for All-Star Game

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Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo's All-Star selection is a deserving reward for an outstanding first half that included his ongoing 51-game on-base streak.

His trip to the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is also further evidence that Choo, when healthy, has been able to deliver what the Rangers expected when they signed him to a seven-year contract as a free agent on Dec. 27, 2013. It comes 13 years after first making his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2005.

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His trip to the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is also further evidence that Choo, when healthy, has been able to deliver what the Rangers expected when they signed him to a seven-year contract as a free agent on Dec. 27, 2013. It comes 13 years after first making his Major League debut with the Mariners in 2005.

It is a big moment for him, his family and South Korea. Choo is the third player from South Korea to be selected to the All-Star Game, which will air Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, as well the first position player from there.

"I am very honored for my country, my family and myself," Choo said. "When I came from Korea, I was 18 years old, and I had never thought about this. Now, I just want to play one game with the best players. That was my goal when I was in the Minor Leagues. A lot of baseball fans are very excited, so are my family and my parents. My wife, she was crying. She has been with me since I was in the Minor Leagues, saw everything I've been through."

It hasn't all been this easy. He had surgery on his left wrist and left ankle in 2014, and he was on the disabled list four times in 2016 because of various injuries. There were also the high expectations that Choo put on himself in the first couple of years in Texas and that didn't help either.

But right now, the Rangers are seeing Choo at his best, and that's why he will be at Nationals Park on Tuesday night.

"He's had stretches like this since he's been here -- the first month of 2014, the second half of 2015," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "But this is the longest he's performed at this level since the year he had in Cincinnati just before we signed him. Really fun to watch when he's locked in like this."

The streak has been impressive beyond being a new club record and the longest in the Major Leagues this season. During those 51 games, he is hitting .337 with a .469 on-base percentage and a .596 slugging percentage. He has scored 31 runs, hit 13 home runs, drove in 28 runs and walked 47 times.

Overall, his .405 on-base percentage is the third highest in the American League, and his .911 OPS is the ninth highest. His 76 runs created on the season is ninth best in the league.

Video: TEX@BAL: Choo belts an opposite-field homer

"He worked so hard this offseason. I'm just really glad everyone's able to see him get rewarded for the effort he put in," Daniels said. "He's been one of the toughest outs in the game this year, with focus and intensity every at-bat. He also serves as a great model of the type of approach we want from everyone."

That's what people tend to forget when they evaluate whether Choo has been a good free-agent signing for the Rangers: he was not signed to be a big home run hitter or drive in a ton of runs.

The Rangers originally signed Choo because they were attracted to his reputation for being a tough out at the plate. He was the type of hitter who could get on base, keep a lineup moving and wear down the opposing pitcher. The Rangers had a serious need for that kind of hitter -- even more so now with their young lineup -- and that's what Choo has delivered.

"Every hitter has a different goal, but my goal is always to get on base, get a hit, walk or get hit by a pitch," Choo said. "It doesn't matter. That mentality makes this on-base streak special. Experience is a big help. When you play this long, you see a lot of pitches, different styles, different type of pitchers."

Choo admitted that, during his first few years in Texas, he let the pressure of living up to the contract get to him. That is no longer the case.

"I am not thinking about that," Choo said. "I always believed in myself. I know my numbers are going to be there if I stay healthy. Mentally, I had to get through the first two years of the contract. Now, I have a clear mind. I just think about one thing, and that's how to help the team win."

He can start worrying about that on Friday when the Rangers open the second half. For the next few days, Choo gets to take his rightful place among the best players in baseball.

Video: TEX@DET: Choo extends on-base streak with leadoff HR

"I hope he soaks in every part of the All-Star Game," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "The sights, sounds, the people. Walking to a clubhouse full of other All-Stars and look around. I think that he should allow himself to appreciate the fact that he is an All-Star. And that is one of the higher recognitions that you can get as a player. He is such a humble human being that I don't know if he'll fully let himself appreciate the experience.

"I want him to appreciate the experience. I want him to enjoy it with his family. To know that he's representing himself, his family, this organization and the country that he came from that, I'm sure there will be a lot of people tuned in to see him play as a Major League All-Star."

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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