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Red-hot Odor pours it on in rain-soaked win

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor delivered the decisive blow in Sunday's series finale against the Angels.

Odor's three-run shot off reliever Noe Ramirez in the seventh inning helped give the Rangers a 4-2 win at Globe Life Park. Odor went deep for the 15th time this season on a 2-0 changeup from Ramirez.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor delivered the decisive blow in Sunday's series finale against the Angels.

Odor's three-run shot off reliever Noe Ramirez in the seventh inning helped give the Rangers a 4-2 win at Globe Life Park. Odor went deep for the 15th time this season on a 2-0 changeup from Ramirez.

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The game was delayed by rain twice. There was an 18-minute delay before the sixth inning began, and a 56-minute delay with two outs in the seventh.

A hard rain shower came down during Odor's at-bat in the seventh, but the delay didn't come until one batter after his at-bat. Odor said the rain wasn't distracting to him.

"I wasn't really paying attention to the rain," Odor said. "I was just locking in. It's a little tough; the bat gets wet. But after that, it was good."

Video: LAA@TEX: Odor on his go-ahead homer, improvements

Odor has been on a tear since the All-Star break. He entered the day batting .351 and slugging .667 in his last 27 games. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, the home run and four RBIs against the Angels.

"It's another one of those situations that will add to what Rougie has been able to do this year to right the ship and move himself forward," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "He's a guy that I believe, really, he longs for those type of situations. He loves to be in the batter's box when the game is kind of in the balance."

The home run saved a strong outing from right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who settled for a no-decision in his 300th career start. Gallardo struck out six and allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

Video: LAA@TEX: Gallardo tosses 6 innings of 2-run ball

"I think he had probably as good a start as he's had," Banister said. "Got the [two] double play balls, had the strikeouts. The fastball up played well, but I think the breaking stuff down and out of the zone, he got some chases. … Probably as good of stuff as he's had for us in any outing so far this year."

Gallardo entered the day with a 10.65 run support average in his starts since June 23 -- the highest in the Majors during that span -- but the Rangers' offense couldn't generate much against Angels right-hander Jaime Barria, who pitched five innings. Odor scored Shin-Soo Choo on an RBI single in the first inning, but that's all Texas could get against Barria.

Odor's long ball in the seventh proved to be the difference. He now has 23 RBIs in August, which are the most in the Majors and the most by Odor in any month in his career.

Video: LAA@TEX: Odor plates Choo with a single to center

It has been a turnaround at the plate over the past two months for Odor, who wasn't producing like the Rangers have seen in past seasons. The 24-year-old batted .203 and hit just one home run with 10 RBIs in May.

Since then, he's been named American League Player of the Week twice and has been the hottest hitter in the Rangers' lineup.

"The next part of it is to do what he's doing right now," Banister said. "Continue the process. Remember when it didn't go well one day, can you rebound the next. That's the difference between average players and great players, and right now, Rougie is trending himself in that direction. We never stopped believing in who we thought he could be, and who he is."

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With one out in the sixth inning, Gallardo intentionally walked Shohei Ohtani to put runners on first and second with Albert Pujols coming to the plate. Pujols entered the day batting .432 (16-for-37) with three doubles and four home runs in his career against Gallardo.

Gallardo, however, got Pujols to fly out to left field on a 2-2 fastball. Andrelton Simmons followed with a lineout to Gallardo to end the inning and keep it a 2-1 deficit.

"We have history," Gallardo said of Pujols. "We know each other. I'd rather take that chance instead of a guy that I've faced twice before [Ohtani], and it worked out. Made some pretty good pitches to him and got a shallow fly ball out there."

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Gallardo joined Fernando Valenzuela (424) and Esteban Loaiza (333) as the only Mexican-born pitchers to make 300 or more career starts.

Video: LAA@TEX: Kiner-Falefa nabs Calhoun for a double play

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Simmons lined out to Gallardo to end the sixth inning. The ball hit off Gallardo's palm, but he recovered and made a throw to first to get Simmons.

Video: LAA@TEX: Gallardo's quick reaction play on hard liner

"As weird as it sounds, I was trying to catch it, but I knew it was going right under my jaw," Gallardo said. "I saw it play out as soon as he hit it, the direction it was going. It could have been a lot worse, I'll put it to you that way. It hit my hand, but everything is good."

UP NEXT
The Rangers will open a three-game series against the A's on Monday at 9:05 p.m. CT at the Coliseum. Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon (7-10, 5.19 ERA) will start for the Rangers. Colon was scratched from Sunday's start against the Angels with back stiffness. He allowed three runs on four hits over five innings in last Monday's win over the D-backs. Oakland will counter with right-hander Mike Fiers (8-6, 3.38).

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Leclerc's turnaround bolsters bullpen

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ARLINGTON -- Reliever Jose Leclerc has been one of the key bright spots in the bullpen for the Rangers in the midst of a rebuilding season, and manager Jeff Banister still recognizes what a turnaround season it has been for the 24-year-old.

There were stretches where Leclerc struggled last season, especially last September, when he had a 6.75 ERA and walked six batters in five appearances. Banister admits that there was uncertainty about whether Leclerc could handle a late-inning role.

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ARLINGTON -- Reliever Jose Leclerc has been one of the key bright spots in the bullpen for the Rangers in the midst of a rebuilding season, and manager Jeff Banister still recognizes what a turnaround season it has been for the 24-year-old.

There were stretches where Leclerc struggled last season, especially last September, when he had a 6.75 ERA and walked six batters in five appearances. Banister admits that there was uncertainty about whether Leclerc could handle a late-inning role.

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"There were some questions going into the offseason last year, and even going into Spring Training," Banister said. "We knew physically where the stuff was -- never in question about that. Usability and confidence-wise, could we build him back up? Would he get himself to a point to what you see now?"

Leclerc has been dominant for the Rangers this season and has received the bulk of closing opportunities since Keone Kela was traded to the Pirates on July 31. He's pitched a scoreless inning in each of his last nine games and has a 0.87 ERA over his last 21 games. Leclerc has also recorded three consecutive saves.

Banister said Leclerc's openness to work with the pitching staff and grow from last season has made his transition to a late-inning role smooth.

"Players have to put in the effort and the time," Banister said. "They grow mentally to be able to go out to do what they do. However, our number of people -- our video crew, the pitching coaches, [Dan] Warthen and [Doug] Brocail -- what they've done with Jose has been outstanding, just to keep him focused, engaged.

"I'd say [Leclerc's been] one of the top successes, if you want to look at where he was at coming into the year to where he is now."

Rangers beat
• The Rangers remain uncertain as to when right-hander Bartolo Colon will make his next start. Colon was scratched from Sunday's start against the Angels with back stiffness.

• Banister said left-hander Mike Minor is progressing, but the Rangers are still uncertain when he will make his next start. Minor was scratched from Friday's start against the Angels with back stiffness, but the Rangers are hoping he'll pitch in the three-game series against the Athletics that starts Monday in Oakland.

Adrian Beltre was not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Angels. Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left hamstring, was back in the lineup Saturday as a designated hitter, his first game action since Monday.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Rangers fall to Angels in soggy slugfest

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ARLINGTON --The Rangers found themselves in a late-night slugfest on Saturday night and Angels manager Mike Scioscia found the decisive blow on his bench.

Shohei Ohtani's three-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh allowed the Angels to break open the game with a five-run rally against reliever Eddie Butler and they went on to an 11-7 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

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ARLINGTON --The Rangers found themselves in a late-night slugfest on Saturday night and Angels manager Mike Scioscia found the decisive blow on his bench.

Shohei Ohtani's three-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh allowed the Angels to break open the game with a five-run rally against reliever Eddie Butler and they went on to an 11-7 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

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The game was delayed at the start by rain for two hours and 26 minutes and didn't end until well after midnight.

Video: LAA@TEX: Rare downpour in Texas delays game

Rangers starter Martin Perez allowed six runs in six innings and is still looking for his first win in seven starts since coming back from the disabled list on July 14. He trailed 6-2 midway through the fourth, but the Rangers' four-run rally in the bottom of the inning kept him from taking the loss. His night ended with two scoreless innings.

"A lot of pitches, mid-across [the strike zone], that's where most of the damage was done," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "That's the greatest challenge for Martin, he shows you flashes in innings and then it's the inconsistency in other innings that make it a bit of a challenge for him. We have to find a way to shore them up and get him back on track."

Video: LAA@TEX: Banister on 11-7 loss to Angels

Perez has a 5.44 ERA and opponents are hitting .341 off him in seven starts since his return. His last win came on April 22.

"I was able to finish strong and give the guys a chance … try to stay in the game," Perez said. "I'm not worried about it. I just want to pitch as many innings as I can, stay healthy and help the team. I don't get frustrated. Do your job and make quality starts and you have a chance to win."

Video: LAA@TEX: Perez K's Calhoun to end his outing

Butler, with the score still tied, took over for Perez in the seventh and gave up three straight singles to David Fletcher, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols give the Angels a 7-6 lead. Butler then retired Andrelton Simmons on a fly to center, bringing up catcher Rene Rivera.

That's when Scioscia summoned Ohtani, a left-handed hitter who didn't start with Perez on the mound for the Rangers. Ohtani is a .169 hitter against left-handed hitters this season but had a .299 average and a .605 slugging percentage against right-handers coming into the game.

Ohtani jumped on a 2-1 fastball and drove it out to deep center to give the Angels a four-run lead.

Video: LAA@TEX: Ohtani crushes pinch-hit 3-run homer in 7th

"Shohei coming off the bench, that's a huge hit at the time," Scioscia said. "I think we had some spots, we wanted to look for the best situation for Shohei and it just happened to come up when Rene was going to hit. But there were some things that we were looking at. It was a good spot for him."

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Perez, holding a 2-1 lead, elected to pitch to Pujols with runners on second and third with two out in the third. Pujols had homered off Perez the inning before. Perez fell behind 2-0 in the count and then threw a slider that Pujols grounded into center field for a two-run single to put the Angels ahead.

Video: LAA@TEX: Pujols plates 2 in the 3rd

SOUND SMART
Elvis Andrus was 3-for-5 and has reached base in 44 consecutive home games going back to last season. He has reached base in 37 straight home games this season, tying Michael Young and Rafael Palmeiro for the longest single-season on-base streak since Globe Life Park opened in 1994.

Video: LAA@TEX: Andrus grounds an RBI single in the 1st

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Adrian Beltre, despite a strained left hamstring, started at designated hitter and came up with runners at the corners with two outs in the fourth. The Rangers trailed 6-4 at the time and Beltre hit a high pop down the right-field line. It fell in for a single and two runs scored.

Video: LAA@TEX: Beltre plates 2 on single, Andrus slides in 

UP NEXT
Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will pitch for the Rangers against the Angels at 2:05 p.m. CT Sunday. It was Bartolo Colon's turn to pitch, but he has been scratched because of some stiffness in his back. Gallardo had a four-game winning streak snapped in his last start when he allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 6-4 loss to the D-backs. Left-hander Jaime Barria will start for the Angels.

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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A fan caught a ball that bounced off the wall

The true tests in life come in how we respond when things don't go quite how we expected them to. Can we adjust to an unexpected set of circumstances or do we just throw our hands up in surrender to fate?

During the ninth inning of Saturday's 11-7 loss to the Angels, this Rangers fan showed an impressivie ability to make an adjustment on the fly. After a foul ball from Nomar Mazara bounced off the wall on the first-base line, she showed the reactions necessary to adjust to the ball's change of course:

El Presidente takes part in Big Sexy tribute

Martinez in Arlington to help Rangers mark Colon's milestone
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ARLINGTON -- Former All-Star Dennis Martinez said what he admires most about Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon is his perseverance.

"Because I know how hard it is," Martinez said. "The older you get, you start losing the zip on your fastball. Without that zip, you become flat. You have to pretty much be in the right location all the time or you'll get hit. It's not easy for him, but he continues to do that. I hope all other pitchers are paying attention. They can watch how he goes about his business, what he does, why he is what he is now."

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ARLINGTON -- Former All-Star Dennis Martinez said what he admires most about Rangers pitcher Bartolo Colon is his perseverance.

"Because I know how hard it is," Martinez said. "The older you get, you start losing the zip on your fastball. Without that zip, you become flat. You have to pretty much be in the right location all the time or you'll get hit. It's not easy for him, but he continues to do that. I hope all other pitchers are paying attention. They can watch how he goes about his business, what he does, why he is what he is now."

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Martinez was at Globe Life Park on Saturday night to join the Rangers in honoring Colon before Saturday's game against the Angels. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, earned his 246th career victory with an 11-4 victory over the Mariners on Aug. 7. That allowed him to pass Martinez for the most career wins by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon added win No. 247 on Monday vs. the D-backs.

Video: SEA@TEX: Colon becomes winningest Latin-born pitcher

"Thanks to the Texas Rangers organization for allowing me to be here and participate in this moment for Bartolo," Martinez said. "It is a great achievement and it's an honor to be a part of it because this shows me what kind of pitcher he is. He has shown me consistency, endurance and perseverance. He reminds me because that's the way I was myself. That's the only way you can achieve those goals."

Martinez -- known as El Presidente -- had a remarkable 23-year career as the first Major League player from Nicaragua. He pitched from 1976-98 for the Orioles, Expos, Indians, Mariners and Braves, winning 245 games -- including one perfect game -- and was named to four All-Star teams. He broke the record for most wins by a Latin-American pitcher by passing Hall of Famer Juan Marichal of the Dominican Republic.

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He held the record for 20 years until Colon surpassed him.

"I did call him to congratulate him, a couple of days after he did it," Martinez said. "The call was real quick because he was really busy. I just said, 'Hey man, I just called to congratulate you. You are the one I'm really happy to get it because you deserve it, you have been working hard to get it, I tip my cap to you."

Video: SEA@TEX: Rangers on Colon?s milestone 246th win

Beltre back at DH

Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left hamstring, was back in the lineup Saturday at designated hitter. It's the first time Beltre has been in the lineup since he injured the hamstring Monday.

Manager Jeff Banister said Beltre will be relegated to designated hitter duty for the foreseeable future while he works his way back to being able to play the field. Beltre's return allowed the Rangers to give Shin-Soo Choo a day off with left-hander Andrew Heaney pitching for the Angels, leaving Joey Gallo in left and Nomar Mazara in right.

"We'll see how Adrian comes out of the game today," Banister said. "We'll probably rotate [Beltre and Choo] in the DH spot. Maz is coming off the disabled list [last Thursday) so we need to get him off his legs, and Joey has been going at it hard. We need to give all those guys a day."

Rangers beat

• The Rangers remain on hold with left-hander Mike Minor as far as his next start. He was scratched from Friday's start against the Athletics with back stiffness, but the Rangers are hoping he'll pitch in the three-game series against the Athletics that starts Monday in Oakland.

Jose Leclerc recorded a save on Friday night by striking out the side without allowing a hit or a walk. That's the 23rd time in club history that a reliever has done that. Francisco Cordero did it four times while Neftali Feliz and Joe Nathan did it three times. Keone Kela did it twice earlier this season.

Video: LAA@TEX: Leclerc strikes out Calhoun, records save

• Outfielder Delino DeShields, sidelined with a fracture in the tip of his right middle finger, said he plans on being back in September.

"The last month is going to be my month," DeShields said. "That's my mindset."

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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See the Rangers Players' Weekend nicknames

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For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Rangers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

For the second consecutive year, Major Leaguers will put their personalities and passions on the field when Players' Weekend takes center stage during all games from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.

Here are the nicknames the Rangers will wear on their backs while sporting colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs inspired by youth-league uniforms:

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Elvis Andrus: "MERULO JR"
-- "A long time ago in Venezuela, my friends who knew me, that's what they called me. If I am not mistaken, it was an old cartoon of three brothers who were all together. So that's what they called me and my brothers. I was the youngest, so I was Merulo Junior."
Tony Barnette: "BARNITEZ"
-- "Just joking around with some of the guys on the team. The #ponleacento shirts we wear every year is what I think set it in motion." MLB has an annual #ponleacento campaign to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.
Adrian Beltre: "EL KOJA"
-- When Beltre was growing up in the Dominican Republic, an uncle gave him the nickname of Kojak. That was the name of the bald-headed television detective played by Telly Savalas. Beltre was hair-challenged even as a child, and that's how he got the nickname.

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Matt Bush: "MATTY ICE"
-- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is called Matty Ice, although that may not be applicable here. "I have had a few people call me that, so I went with it."
Eddie Butler: "SPAGHETTI"
-- "Since I was a kid, all my friends called me Eddie Spaghetti. It stuck for a lot of years, so why not bring it out again? Plus I used to be long and lanky."
Willie Calhoun: "JUNE"
-- He is Willie Calhoun Jr. He used to be known as Junior, but he has since shortened it to June.

Video: Calhoun on his Players' Weekend nickname

Robinson Chirinos: "PELO BUCHE"
-- It means "spiked hair," how Chirinos wore his hair when he was young.
Shin-Soo Choo: "추신수"
-- "The last time I wore a uniform with my Korean name was when I was in high school and 18 years old. I want to feel that moment in a big league uniform. That is huge for me. A Major League uniform, my Korean name and on a Major League field. That is a big deal for me."
Alex Claudio: "AC"
-- "My initials, that's it."
Bartolo Colon: "MORALES"
-- "It's not a nickname. ... It's in honor of my mother, Adriana Morales."

Video: Delino DeShields on his nickname for Players' Weekend

Delino DeShields: "LIL BOP"
-- He is the son of former Major League second baseman Delino DeShields. His father was known as Bop when he was a player. Father and son are very close, so this is another way to honor his dad.
Yovani Gallardo: "YO"
-- "That is the only nickname that I have, ever since I was in high school or even before high school. My first name is difficult to pronounce, so they just call me Yo. I wish I had something better. It started when I was 12 years old."
Joey Gallo: "PICO DE GALLO"
-- Yes, he is named after the sauce. "That's what all the Latin guys call me."
Cory Gearrin: "CEEGEE"
-- "That's what everybody calls me. Nothing crazy going on."
Ronald Guzman: "CEPEDA"
-- It is my [maternal] grandfather's name. When I was at Hickory, he always asked me why I wore Guzman instead of Cepeda. When I was young, I was always at his house breaking all the lights. He always wanted to see that [name] on my jersey."
Drew Hutchison: "HUTCH"
-- "That's all I got. Nobody calls me Drew. It's just Hutch."
Isiah Kiner-Falefa: "IZZY"
-- This one is obvious. He was called Iz growing up in Hawaii, but he has one he wants to use in the future. "Hawaiian Hustle. I like that. But it was too soon to use it. But I am going to use it in the future."
Ariel Jurado: "BARTOLITO"
-- Jurado reminds people of a young Colon.
Jose Leclerc: "PICO"
-- "When I was younger, they called me Pico. They still call me that. One guy from my hometown [Esperanza, Dominican Republic] was Pico. They said I looked like him, so they called me Pico."
Chris Martin: "C-MART"
-- "I had it since high school. I do know that if I'm at the ballgame and I hear C-Mart, it is a friend from high school. In professional ball, it has always been Marty."
Nomar Mazara: "BIG CHILL"
-- "Big Chill" was Mazara's nickname in the Minor Leagues because of his calm demeanor. But Mazara said he got that from his father. "My father is a really cool and calm guy. He is the original big chill."
Mike Minor: "SPYKEZYLLA"
-- "It's just a nickname I had in college. David Price gave it to me. They used to call me 'Mike the Spike.'"
Matt Moore: "MATT MAN"
-- "It's just a name my parents had for me when I was young. Family and friends called me that from the age of 5 ... I guess instead of Batman. I figured it would make a nice gift for them."
Rougned Odor: "EL TIPO"
-- "My friends have always called me El Tipo." It means "The Guy."
Martin Perez: "EL DE LAS MATAS"
-- Perez's biography lists his hometown as Guanare, Venezuela, but it is not. Las Matas, a small town nearby, is where he is really from. "I always like to say where I grew up and where I am from. I'm happy to tell people where I am from."
Jurickson Profar: "EL PATRON"
-- "A couple of teammates I played with early in my career -- Spokane -- gave me that. When I signed, I had more money than everybody else all together. Alejandro Selen and Francisco Mendoza called me El Patron [which translates to 'The Boss'] because I was always taking them out to dinner."
Drew Robinson: "PETEY"
-- "It's a secret. I have never told the media."
Ryan Rua: "RYNO"
-- Rua got his start playing competitive baseball in a travel league while growing up in Amherst, Ohio. He said the team's coach implored each player to find a nickname, so "Ryno," a common nickname for people named Ryan, was an easy choice.
Carlos Tocci: "EL MUSIU"
-- This one is a bit delicate. In Venezuela, 'musiu' is a term for foreigners. Tocci is from Venezuela, but he has a lighter complexion than the average native of that country, so he picked up that nickname in winter ball one year.

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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Chirinos' foundation lends Back To School aid

Rangers catcher helps distribute supplies to children at fifth annual event
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos wants a hands-on approach in his efforts to give back to the community. That's why it was important for him to spend Wednesday with his family helping make 1,200 backpacks for the Back to School Outreach event on Saturday at Refuge Church.

The backpacks were filled with school supplies and distributed to children at the event, which Chirinos' foundation was involved in for the fifth straight year. The event also offered free haircuts, food, dental supplies and groceries to the community.

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos wants a hands-on approach in his efforts to give back to the community. That's why it was important for him to spend Wednesday with his family helping make 1,200 backpacks for the Back to School Outreach event on Saturday at Refuge Church.

The backpacks were filled with school supplies and distributed to children at the event, which Chirinos' foundation was involved in for the fifth straight year. The event also offered free haircuts, food, dental supplies and groceries to the community.

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"It's just fun to be able to help somebody," Chirinos said. "I love to do it. It's something I've been doing for so long. I learned from my dad, so just enjoying and happy to be able to do what my dad told me when I was a kid. I love it."

Chirinos said being able to make an impact on families in the community is what drives him in his charitable work.

"The kids that are receiving a backpack, they don't have to buy anything to go back to school," Chirinos said. "I think it's a relief for families that can't afford to buy [supplies]. We are going to see families today that have five, six kids. If you put that together, that's a lot of money for one family. So we're just helping families around the community."

Left-hander Martin Perez has helped Chirinos with the event over the last five years, but this is the second year his foundation has officially been involved.

"I'm happy to be here and do this with Robinson," Perez said. "It's something we do from the heart. … Last year, I told [Chirinos], 'Hey, I want to do this with you, I want to be with you doing the same thing.' Just trying to support each other and do whatever we can to help the community."

Adrian Beltre, Rougned Odor, Yovani Gallardo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jurickson Profar were among the Rangers teammates who attended the event, and members of the coaching staff were also in attendance. They signed baseballs and took pictures with families after Chirinos and Perez gave a message to the crowd.

"It's a blessing to be able to come back today and give back to the community," Chirinos said. "This is the fifth year that we're doing this event, and it feels like it's the first time. I'm really thankful and happy for this day. I know the people outside, they're happy, too. I want to thank my teammates, the coaches -- they come every year in support of us to come and sign and take pictures with the kids. It's a blessing just to be here."

One moment that still stands out to Chirinos after years of doing the event is when he watched Beltre take a photo with a young fan who was so excited that he began to cry. Chirinos said those are the moments that make the annual event special to him.

"When you see those reactions, you see you just made a day," Chirinos said. "That's why we're here, to make a day for the community and give back to those kids, and hopefully we can impact the future of those kids, too."

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Five-run second inning lifts Hutchison to win

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ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Drew Hutchison turned in his best start for the Rangers on Friday night against the Angels as he continues to make a case to be in the club's rotation next season.

Hutchison struck out a season-high six and allowed just two runs on five hits in a 6-4 win at Globe Life Park. It was Hutchison's third start for Texas. He was 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA and seven walks in his first two starts.

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ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Drew Hutchison turned in his best start for the Rangers on Friday night against the Angels as he continues to make a case to be in the club's rotation next season.

Hutchison struck out a season-high six and allowed just two runs on five hits in a 6-4 win at Globe Life Park. It was Hutchison's third start for Texas. He was 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA and seven walks in his first two starts.

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"Felt pretty good, was able to get in a pretty good rhythm there and execute some pitches," Hutchison said. "Scored some runs and had some great [defensive] play behind me, so it was a good win."

Video: LAA@TEX: Profar snags Upton's liner, turns key DP

Hutchison allowed an RBI single to Taylor Ward in the second inning, but the Rangers' offense backed him with a five-run rally in the second.

Joey Gallo gave the Rangers the lead for good when he doubled down the right-field line to score Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar. Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI groundout, and Rougned Odor capped the rally with a two-run single later in the inning.

Video: LAA@TEX: Gallo, Odor power Rangers in 5-run 2nd frame

The Rangers' offense has been the best in the Majors since the All-Star break. Texas entered the day leading the Majors in runs (170), runs per game (6.54), home runs (44) and OPS (.837) since the break. The Rangers went homerless on Friday, but deployed a 10-hit attack.

"First, you've got to credit the hitters in the lineup, the job that they're doing," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "However, our two hitting coaches [Anthony lapoce and Justin Mashore] have constantly talked the message of grinding at-bats out, being able to keep the ball in the middle of the field, [working] the at-bats to draw walks to create run-scoring opportunities."

Video: LAA@TEX: Banister on Hutchison's outing, 6-4 victory

Carlos Tocci was the most productive against the Angels, going 3-for-3 with two runs. He is getting another chance to play every day in center field after Delino DeShields went on the disabled list for the third time this season.

Tocci has made the most of his playing time of late, batting .278 since July 21.

"I think in the first half, I was trying to do a lot," Tocci said. "Trying to do more than I really can, and that's why I wasn't performing at all. But after the All-Star break, I was more relaxed at the plate in playing time. So that's probably been the biggest thing."

Video: LAA@TEX: Odor plates Tocci on sacrifice fly in 7th

Hutchison said the early run support helped him settle in. He retired nine of the final 12 batters he faced and earned his first win as a starter since April 24, 2016, against the A's.

"Any time you go out there and give up a run, and then they come back and score five, it's obviously great," Hutchison said. "I was able to get in a rhythm after that and have a few good innings." 

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Left-handed reliever Jeffrey Springs replaced Hutchison in the sixth inning with the Rangers leading, 5-2. With one out, Albert Pujols reached on a walk, and Andrelton Simmons followed with a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 1. Rene Rivera then singled, but Springs retired Ward and Eric Young Jr. to stop the threat and end the inning.

Video: LAA@TEX: Springs retires Young in the 6th

SOUND SMART
Elvis Andrus went 0-for-3 at the plate but recorded a walk, extending his home on-base streak to 43 games dating back to last season. Andrus tied Julio Franco's streak in 1993 for the longest home on-base streak in Rangers history.

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With two outs in the third inning and a runner on first, Odor fielded a ball hit up the middle by Shohei Ohtani and made a strong throw to Andrus to get Justin Upton at second. The play helped keep the score at 5-1.

Video: LAA@TEX: Odor nabs Ohtani's grounder up the middle

UP NEXT
The Rangers take on the Angels in the third game of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. CT at Globe Life Park. Left-hander Martin Perez (2-5, 6.71 ERA) will pitch for Texas. He allowed seven runs on a season-high 11 hits in Sunday's loss to the Yankees. Perez is 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA in two starts this month. The Angels will counter with left-hander Andrew Heaney (7-7, 3.88 ERA).

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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Longest home runs for every MLB team

Statcast measures farthest blast since 2015 for all 30 clubs
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Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Ever since Babe Ruth launched Major League Baseball into the live-ball era with his awe-inspiring home runs, wowed fans have been asking: "How far did that ball go?"

Teams had their own methods for estimating home run distance for nearly a century. But now, the launch of Statcast™ has given us a whole new tool to answer the question, thanks to the tracking technology at every MLB ballpark.

Here is a look at the longest homers hit by each of the 30 MLB clubs since Statcast™ began tracking home run distances at the start of the 2015 season.

American League East

Blue Jays: Josh Donaldson, April 23, 2015, vs. BAL; Sept. 17, 2017, at MIN
Distance: 481 feet (Watch them: HR No. 1; HR No. 2)
Both of these big flies were demolished. The first, with a 112.5-mph exit velocity, Donaldson launched into the second deck at the Rogers Centre. He hit the second even harder, at 113.5 mph, reaching the upper tank at Minnesota's Target Field. Full Blue Jays leaderboard

Orioles: Jonathan Schoop, Aug. 26, 2015, at KC
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
The Orioles have had their share of big sluggers in recent years, but it's Schoop who holds this title. One of baseball's best sluggers at second base, he jumped on this Johnny Cueto pitch that tailed in off the inside corner and kept it just fair down the left-field line at Kauffman Stadium. Full Orioles leaderboard

Rays: J.P. Arencibia, Sept. 7, 2015, at DET; C.J. Cron, Aug. 18, 2018, at BOS
Distance: 464 feet (Watch them: Arencibia's; Cron's)
Arencibia played only 24 games for Tampa Bay -- all in 2015, his final MLB season -- but he had no shortage of power. The opposing pitcher for this home run, the Tigers' Randy Wolf, was also in his final season. Nonetheless, they combined for an entry in the Rays' Statcast™ record book.

Arencibia got company when Cron showed off some light-tower power at Fenway Park in the dog days of August 2018. Cron crushed a 112.9 mph, 33-degree, 464-foot moonshot off David Price way over the Green Monster and over Lansdowne Street. Full Rays leaderboard

Red Sox: Hanley Ramirez, April 29, 2017, vs. CHC
Distance: 469 feet (Watch it)
Before this, Ramirez was tied with David Ortiz for the longest Red Sox homer, at 468 feet. But here, facing former Boston hurler John Lackey at Fenway Park, he took that honor all for himself. Ramirez drilled a center-cut two-seamer way over the Green Monster for a monstrous solo shot. Full Red Sox leaderboard

Yankees: Aaron Judge, June 11, 2017, vs. BAL
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Judge became a sensation in 2017 because of feats like this one. The AL Rookie of the Year cleared the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium with a 118.6 mph, 495-foot homer. It was the longest homer of 2017 and tied Judge for the second-longest big fly in Statcast™ history. Full Yankees leaderboard

AL Central

Indians: Mike Napoli, Sept. 9, 2016 vs. MIN
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
The Party at Napoli's reached the highest deck at Target Field on this September night, as this blast helped the first baseman reach a career-high 93 RBIs on the season. Napoli had also hit a 464-foot ball in foul territory the night before at Progressive Field.

"That's good for bragging rights," Napoli's teammate, Rajai Davis, told MLB.com. "That's an awesome, great feeling. I don't think I've ever hit the ball that far in batting practice. He's doing it in games. That's awesome. We can all admire that." Full Indians leaderboard

Royals: Brandon Moss, July 1, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Moss left his mark during his lone season in Kansas City, golfing this pitch to help spur a four-run comeback for the home side against the rival Twins. Moss would retire the following spring, but his power clearly remained in his bat until the end. Full Royals leaderboard

Tigers: J.D. Martinez, July 21, 2015, vs. SEA
Distance: 467 feet (Watch it)
Not to be outdone by Nelson Cruz's 455-foot shot in the top half of the third inning, Martinez one-upped Seattle's slugger in the bottom half with this impressive blast to straightaway center at cavernous Comerica Park. The dinger impressed just about everyone in the ballpark, except perhaps the slugger who hit it.

"It all means the same to me," Martinez told MLB.com about his big fly. "I don't care. People get caught up on [distance]. To me, I really pay no mind. I just hit it, and I just hope it gets out." Full Tigers leaderboard

Twins: Kennys Vargas, June 20, 2017, vs. CWS
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
There really wasn't any doubt about this homer as soon as Vargas' bat met this pitch from White Sox starter Derek Holland with a scorching 114.1-mph exit velocity. Vargas' shot climbed high above the bullpen in left-center at Target Field for one of four 450-plus foot homers the first baseman hit in less than 800 at-bats in a Twins uniform. Full Twins leaderboard

Video: CWS@MIN: Vargas crushes a 483-foot home run

White Sox: Avisail Garcia, April 3, 2018, vs. TOR
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
Garcia was coming off a terrific 2017 campaign in which he finished second in the AL batting race with a .330 average, but he showed he could be much more than a slap hitter with this prodigious blast at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ's slider caught too much of the plate, and Garcia punished it with a blistering 116.7-mph exit velocity.

"It was a pretty impressive blast, just from standing in the dugout and watching it," White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. "Anybody who is a fan of baseball must have been impressed by that shot." Full White Sox leaderboard

AL West

Angels: Mike Trout, July 8, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Trout's second homer of the night travelled deep to straightaway center field, landing halfway up the bleachers at Coors Field. Better yet, Trout's solo blast tied the ballgame and led to an eventual 3-2 win for the Angels. Full Angels leaderboard

Astros: George Springer, May 31, 2017, vs. MIN
Distance: 473 feet (Watch it)
Springer's blast capped a two-homer day against the Twins, part of a massive series for the eventual World Series champions in which they set a franchise record for runs scored in a three-game series.

"That's all I've got," Springer said of the homer. "That's about all I can hit it." Full Astros leaderboard

Athletics: Matt Olson, Sept. 15, 2017, vs. PHI
Distance: 483 feet (Watch it)
Olson's sky-high blast at Citizens Bank Park came at the peak of an incredibly powerful rookie season in which he crushed 24 homers in just 189 at-bats for Oakland. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. knew he was in trouble as soon as Olson connected; all there was left to do was wait and see where the slugger's blast would eventually land. Full A's leaderboard

Mariners: Nelson Cruz, Sept. 24, 2016, vs. MIN
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Few players in the game can crush a baseball like Cruz, and the Boomstick found the third deck at Target Field with this neck-craning blast. Cruz's shot remains among the longest homer hit outside the thin air of Coors Field, and it came one night after he had launched a different 454-foot homer for Seattle. Full Mariners leaderboard

Video: SEA@MIN: Cruz crushes 493-ft homer

Rangers: Nomar Mazara, May 25, 2016, vs. LAA
Distance: 491 feet (Watch it)
The rookie Mazara raised his profile substantially with this towering drive to the upper deck at Globe Life Park, turning on and punishing an offspeed pitch from Angels starter Hector Santiago.

"That was loud," said Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson of Mazara's dinger. "You need earplugs for that one." Full Rangers leaderboard

National League East

Braves: Freddie Freeman, June 13, 2015, vs. NYM
Distance: 464 feet (Watch it)
Atlanta's most consistent slugger got a hold of this first-inning fastball from Mets ace Jacob deGrom, pulling it high and deep onto the right-center-field bridge at Citi Field. Full Braves leaderboard

Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton, Aug. 6, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 504 feet (Watch it)
This is it -- the longest home run since Statcast™ started tracking in 2015, and the only one projected at more than 500 feet. The 504-foot distance may have been aided by the thin air at Coors Field, but Stanton has shown plenty of times that he doesn't need any help to clear the fence. Full Marlins leaderboard

Video: Must C Crushed: Stanton connects on 504-foot home run

Mets: Yoenis Cespedes, April 24, 2018 vs. STL
Distance: 463 feet (Watch it)
Cespedes was off to a tough start to the 2018 season, batting .195 with an MLB-most 37 strikeouts entering this Tuesday night matchup in St. Louis. But with a pair of runners on in the fifth, New York's big slugger proved his power was still very much intact. Cespedes tied up the Cardinals with this moonshot that landed next to the "Big Mac Land" seating section in left field, surpassing Justin Ruggiano's 461-foot homer from Aug. 23, 2016, which also came at Busch Stadium. Full Mets leaderboard

Nationals: Michael A. Taylor, Aug. 20, 2015, vs. COL
Distance: 493 feet (Watch it)
Rockies starter Yohan Flande was cruising against the Nationals until Taylor gave his club a humongous game-tying lift on this blast to left-center. Taylor's dinger may have received an assist from the friendly Coors Field environment, but his 110.1-mph exit velocity was no joke. Taylor's ideal 26-degree launch angle also helped this ball go a long way. Full Nationals leaderboard

Phillies: Maikel Franco, July 10, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 471 feet (Watch it)
Rockies reliever Jason Motte attempted to go up and in on Franco with a fastball, but the Phillies third baseman was ready for the challenge. Franco turned quickly on the pitch, pulling it into the high altitude at Coors Field for a long line-drive homer. Full Phillies leaderboard

NL Central

Brewers: Domingo Santana, July 26, 2017, vs. WSH
Distance: 476 feet (Watch it)
Nationals Park has housed plenty of its own sluggers, from Bryce Harper to Anthony Rendon to Ryan Zimmerman. But it was the visiting Santana who etched his name atop the ballpark's list of longest home runs on this summer evening. Santana turned on an inside fastball from Gio Gonzalez and crushed it over the visitors' bullpen, high into the left-field concourse. Full Brewers leaderboard

Cardinals: Marcell Ozuna, April 3, 2018, vs. MIL
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Ozuna's first Cardinals home run also established him atop his new team's home run distance leaderboard. Facing Brewers starter Chase Anderson, Ozuna connected with a 117.2-mph exit velocity and sent Anderson's offering deep to left-center -- also setting a new Statcast™ mark for the longest homer at Miller Park. Full Cardinals leaderboard

Cubs: Kris Bryant, Sept. 6, 2015, vs. ARI
Distance: 495 feet (Watch it)
Wrigley Field can become a launching pad when the wind blows out toward the bleachers, but even as a rookie, Bryant proved he didn't need much help launching prolific blasts. This one bounced off the new scoreboard in left field -- fittingly right next to Bryant's own picture -- to further build Bryant's prestige with the North Siders. Full Cubs leaderboard

Video: ARI@CHC: Statcast™ on Bryant's blast off scoreboard

Pirates: Pedro Alvarez, Oct. 4, 2015, vs. CIN
Distance: 479 feet (Watch it)
Pittsburgh's hulking slugger decided the right-field seats at PNC Park weren't enough on the final day of the 2015 regular season, instead clearing the bleachers completely and depositing this ball into the Allegheny River. Alvarez simply demolished the pitch, connecting with a 115.4-mph exit velocity and uppercutting with an ideal 29-degree launch angle. Full Pirates leaderboard

Reds: Eugenio Suarez, June 2, 2016, vs. COL
Distance: 465 feet (Watch it)
Listed at just 5-foot-11 and 213 pounds, Suarez struck a blow for undersized infielders with this massive shot to left-center at Coors Field. This was actually Suarez's second homer of the game, capping an impressive evening for the third baseman. Full Reds leaderboard

NL West

D-backs: Jake Lamb, April 29, 2017, vs. COL
Distance: 481 feet (Watch it)
In the days before the humidor, balls flew out of Chase Field. What's surprising about Lamb's blast isn't where it was hit, but the opposing pitcher he victimized. The Rockies' Tyler Anderson is a left-hander, and southpaws overall had been extremely effective against Lamb. But in this at-bat, the platoon disadvantage didn't bother Lamb at all. Full D-backs leaderboard

Dodgers: Joc Pederson, June 2, 2015, at COL
Distance: 477 feet (Watch it)
Considering the Rockies are in their division, it's no surprise that the Dodgers hit their longest homer at Coors Field: a majestic blast by Pederson way up into the center-field bleachers. It came in a series in which Pederson crushed four home runs -- one in each game. Full Dodgers leaderboard

Giants: Brandon Belt, May 22, 2015, at COL
Distance: 475 feet (Watch it)
Another NL West club, another entry from the friendly environment of Coors Field. Belt jumped on a hanging changeup and launched it far into the third deck in right field. This type of blast has been a rarity for the Giants, who hit the second-fewest homers of 420-plus feet (74) from 2015-17, ahead of only the Braves. Full Giants leaderboard

Padres: Franchy Cordero, April 20, 2018 at ARI
Distance: 489 feet (Watch it)
Franchy absolutely crushed this one. The D-backs' Matt Koch grooved Cordero a fastball, and Cordero hammered it 116.3 mph all the way up the scoreboard in dead center at Chase Field, instantly establishing a new longest home run of the 2018 season and a Padres Statcast™ record. He obliterated the team's previous best of 465 feet, which had been set by Melvin Upton Jr. in June of 2016. Cordero's blast is also the longest hit at Chase Field since Statcast™'s introduction in 2015, and the 10th-longest hit by anyone in baseball since 2015. Full Padres leaderboard

Video: SD@ARI: Cordero crushes 489-ft. HR at 116.3 mph

Rockies: Mark Reynolds, July 21, 2016, vs. ATL
Distance: 484 feet (Watch it)
Yes, the Rockies' longest home run came at home. Reynolds, the powerful veteran, got ahead in the count 2-0 against a rookie left-hander, Hunter Cervenka, who fired a fastball over the middle of the plate. Reynolds demolished it at 108.8 mph, sending a drive most of the way up the bleachers beyond the left-center-field wall. Full Rockies leaderboard

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DeShields on DL with fractured fingertip

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields was placed on the 10-day DL Friday with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. He sustained the injury on an attempted bunt during the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Angels. He would be eligible to return on Aug. 27.

The Rangers recalled outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields was placed on the 10-day DL Friday with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. He sustained the injury on an attempted bunt during the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Angels. He would be eligible to return on Aug. 27.

The Rangers recalled outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock in a corresponding move.

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This will be DeShields' third stint on the disabled list this season. He missed time in April with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and was on the seven-day concussion list earlier this month.

"I'm sure [it's] disappointing for him," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Little commiserating laugh between us a little earlier, just because I feel for him. … It's tough on Delino, because he appreciates playing the game. He loves playing the game."

It has been a challenging year at the plate for DeShields, who hasn't found a groove. DeShields has batted .204 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, 47 runs and 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season. He hit .269 with 75 runs and a career-high 29 stolen bases last season.

"He's never really been able to develop any real consistency for the year, so I know that's been the challenge for him on the numbers side of it," Banister said.

Robinson will be in his third stint with the Rangers this season. He has batted .186 with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games. Robinson has spent most of the season with Round Rock, batting .303 with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs and a .948 OPS in 53 games.

Rangers beat

• The Rangers acquired third baseman Sherten Apostel from the Pirates on Friday, completing the July 30 trade that sent Keone Kela to Pittsburgh. Apostel, 19, has been assigned to Class A Short Season Spokane. He was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent in 2015. He batted .259 with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and an .866 OPS in 41 games for Rookie-level Bristol this season.

The Rangers also acquired left-hander Joshua Javier from the D-backs, completing a July 31 trade that sent Jake Diekman to Arizona. Javier has been assigned to the Arizona League Rangers. Javier, 19, was 3-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 10 games (four starts) for the Arizona League D-backs. Javier was signed by Arizona in 2015 as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic.

Adrian Beltre was not in the starting lineup for the third consecutive game on Friday. He exited Monday's game against the D-backs early and revealed Thursday that he sustained a Grade 2 left hamstring strain.

Beltre is waiting to see how he feels before making a decision as to whether he will go on the disabled list. Beltre has already been placed on the disabled list twice this season with injuries to the same hamstring, missing 28 games.

Chi Chi Gonzalez made an Arizona League start on Friday, his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July 2017. Gonzalez last pitched for the Rangers in 2016.

Wesley Dotson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Arlington.

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