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Andrus' return on June 11 a stronger possibility

Shortstop, recovering from fractured elbow, cleared to swing fungo
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ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, has been cleared to start swinging a fungo bat, and the possibility grows stronger that he will be able to return by June 11, when he is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.

The Rangers are off that day, so the goal is for him to be ready for the June 12-13 series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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ARLINGTON -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus, on the disabled list with a fractured right elbow, has been cleared to start swinging a fungo bat, and the possibility grows stronger that he will be able to return by June 11, when he is eligible to be activated from the 60-day disabled list.

The Rangers are off that day, so the goal is for him to be ready for the June 12-13 series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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"For sure, I believe so," Andrus said. "That's why I'm working hard on the rehab, to get back with no problems. As soon as the bone heals, the rest will come along. I have been throwing for a week, every day it has been feeling better and feeling stronger."

The plan is for Andrus to spend this week swinging with the lighter fungo bat and then start using a regular bat next week. If all goes well, he could be sent on a rehab assignment the week of June 3 and be ready to be activated after that.

"It's a buildup," he said. "The bone is together, it is about getting everything around it stronger."

Andrus may get back quicker than third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is on the DL with a strained left hamstring. Beltre took ground balls on Tuesday, but they were hit right at him. He has yet to test the hamstring since re-injuring it on May 13 against the Astros.

This is the second time Beltre has been on the DL with a Grade 1 strain, and the Rangers will likely give him more time to recuperate. He missed 12 games the first time he was on the DL.

DeShields gets day off

Delino DeShields was out of the lineup on Tuesday for the first time since being activated off the DL on April 22. He entered Tuesday with two hits in his last 33 at-bats and hitting .120 in his last 13 games.

Video: DeShields discusses recent struggles at the plate

DeShields missed 20 games after undergoing surgery to replace a broken hamate bone in his left hand. He said he may have fallen into bad habits as the hand grew stronger and he was able to swing harder.

"Trying to swing harder instead of just squaring the ball up," DeShields said. "Missing pitches I normally would hit and chasing pitches I normally wouldn't, stuff like that. It's frustrating, but I am going to stay positive. I'll be fine. I know I can hit. I know I can play."

Lincecum getting closer

Manager Jeff Banister said that the Rangers received positive reports on pitcher Tim Lincecum, who threw two innings and 42 pitches against Iowa for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. He allowed one run on two hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

"Best he has thrown," Banister said. "He made some mistakes ahead in the count, but he had soft contact and swing-and-miss stuff on his changeup and slider. That made his fastball play better, and he had some defensive swings on his fastball. He kind of hit a wall at the 42-pitch mark."

Lincecum is on the 60-day DL and eligible to come off on Monday. The Rangers have not made a decision if he'll be ready, and probably won't until this weekend.

"He is making progress and throwing the ball better," Banister said. "We'll continue to allow him to be ready."

Rangers beat

• The Rangers have not announced a starter for Thursday, but the front runner is Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who is pitching for Round Rock with a 2-3 record and 3.72 ERA after eight starts.

• The Rangers honored Meg Miller, their Mother's Day honorary bat girl, before Tuesday's game. Miller, who has been free of breast cancer for the past five years, is a member of the Susan G. Komen "Voices of Hope" Survivor Choir that was at Globe Life Park to sing the national anthem.

• Left-hander Martin Perez, who is on the DL with nerve discomfort in his right arm, remains limited to flat-ground throwing, and there is no timetable for him to start throwing off a mound.

"Some days it's good, some days it's not," Perez said. "It's not the bone or muscle, it's a nerve. It's hard to get back quickly. It's going to take time -- I don't know how long. I feel better today, I don't know how I'll feel tomorrow."

Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman all hit home runs in Monday's game against the Yankees. It's only the second time three Rangers 24 years and younger hit a home run in the same game at Globe Life Park. The other time was July 30, 2003, against the Red Sox (Hank Blalock, Laynce Nix and Mark Teixeira).

• Outfielder Carlos Tocci is having his rehab assignment transferred from Double-A Frisco to Round Rock. He was 7-for-22 with Frisco over seven 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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Rangers outhomered by Yanks in slugfest

Gallo, Odor, Guzman go deep, but Colon gives up 4 long balls
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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon is trying to catch a Hall of Fame pitcher, but the Yankees' 21-year-old second-base phenom forced him to wait at least one more start.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs off Colon, and Neil Walker and Aaron Judge each went deep once in leading the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rangers, despite home runs from Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman, lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers starter Bartolo Colon is trying to catch a Hall of Fame pitcher, but the Yankees' 21-year-old second-base phenom forced him to wait at least one more start.

Gleyber Torres hit two home runs off Colon, and Neil Walker and Aaron Judge each went deep once in leading the Yankees to a 10-5 victory over the Rangers on Monday night. The Rangers, despite home runs from Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman, lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.

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This is the seventh time in Colon's career that he allowed four home runs in a game, and the second time this year (May 4, against the Red Sox). He dropped to 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA and stays at 252 career wins, one behind Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

"I'm not worried about that," Colon said. "If I get it, fine. Tonight I just missed my pitches. If you miss your pitches, you're going to pay for it."

Video: NYY@TEX: Colon strikes out Stanton swinging

Colon pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Mariners in his last start but was going against a different lineup. The Yankees entered the game leading the Major Leagues in runs scored, having hit at least four home runs and eight extra-base hits in two straight games. They've now done each in three straight.

"That lineup is a tough lineup," manager Jeff Banister said. "You look up and down their lineup, they are averaging 5 1/2 runs a game. That's a challenging lineup for most clubs. Bartolo threw some really good pitches but gave up some home runs, two to a young guy who is hot and swinging the bat well."

Video: NYY@TEX: Banister talks Colon, Yankees tough lineup

Torres' first home run was a two-run shot in the top of the second that gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead. Gallo hit his 14th home run of the year in the bottom of the second, but Walker matched it with a home run in the fourth.

Video: NYY@TEX: Gallo hammers a deep solo home run to right

Odor tied the score with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, but Judge put the Yankees ahead with his home run in the top of the fifth and Torres ended Colon's night by going deep with one out in the sixth. Colon is now 0-2 with a 5.46 ERA in four starts and two relief appearances at home.

"I felt better and stronger than I did against the Mariners," Colon said. "But this is a different team. If you make a mistake against the Yankees, you are going to pay. That's what happened."

Torres, at 21 years and 159 days, is the second-youngest Yankee to hit two home runs in a game. The youngest was Mickey Mantle -- 20 years and 296 days -- in 1952.

"The first one, I just missed my pitch," Colon said. "The second one, I was behind, 2-0, and I don't like to walk anyone. So I tried to come inside and missed."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Colon retired Judge on ground balls the first two times up, and the Yankees' right fielder was 0-for-17 before his home run put his team ahead for good.

Video: NYY@TEX: Judge hammers a solo home run to center

SOUND SMART
The Yankees have hit four or more home runs in three straight games. The last Major League team to do that was the Rangers, on May 28-30, 2011.

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Guzman won the distance award over Gallo and Odor. His home run in the seventh inning had an exit velocity of 111.1 mph and an estimated distance of 443 feet. The Rangers have hit 15 home runs this season with an exit velocity of 110 mph or more, second most in the Majors. The Yankees have 21.

Video: NYY@TEX: Guzman cranks solo home run to right-center

UP NEXT
Left-hander Cole Hamels returns to the rotation and pitches against the Yankees at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. Hamels was supposed to pitch last Wednesday against the White Sox but was scratched because of stiffness in his neck. He is 1-2 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five starts and 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in four regular-season starts against the Yankees. Right-hander Domingo German is scheduled to pitch for New York.

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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Gallo, Odor, Guzman turn up the power

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ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said prior to Monday's series opener with the Yankees that the Rangers need to see improvement from some of their young players over the rest of the season. He did not mention specific names, but Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman have to be on that list.

All three were hitting under .200 going into Monday's game, but all three gave a reminder of what they are capable of with three monster home runs in the Rangers' 10-5 loss at Globe Life Field.

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ARLINGTON -- General manager Jon Daniels said prior to Monday's series opener with the Yankees that the Rangers need to see improvement from some of their young players over the rest of the season. He did not mention specific names, but Joey Gallo, Rougned Odor and Ronald Guzman have to be on that list.

All three were hitting under .200 going into Monday's game, but all three gave a reminder of what they are capable of with three monster home runs in the Rangers' 10-5 loss at Globe Life Field.

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Each home run was hit harder and farther than the previous one, and there was more significance than just the tape measure. Odor's was especially noteworthy because it was his first of the season.

"Listen, any time these guys are swinging the bat well, making solid contact, they have opportunities to hit the ball out of the park," manager Jeff Banister said. "I love how these guys competed in the batter's box tonight, continued to compete all the way through the end."

The Rangers' three home runs in this game came after they'd hit just one in their previous four. They hit four in all over their just-completed nine-game road trip.

Gallo hit the first one out in the second inning off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Texas trailed, 3-0, when Gallo jumped on a 2-0 split-finger and sent it into the upper deck for a solo home run. It was his 14th of the season, but only the second in his last 13 games. It had an exit velocity of 103.4 mph and a Statcast™-projected distance of 422 feet.

Gallo entered the game with 61 career home runs in 758 at-bats. That was an average of one home run every 12.43 at-bats, the fourth-best ratio all-time among players with at least 750 at-bats. The top three were Mark McGwire (10.61), Babe Ruth (11.76) and Aaron Judge (11.78).

Odor came up with two on and one out in the fourth with the Rangers trailing, 4-1, against Tanaka. Again it was a split-finger pitch that Odor crushed into the right-field seats for a three-run home run to tie the score.

Video: NYY@TEX: Odor lines 3-run homer to right-center

The home run, which had a 105.7-mph exit velocity and a projected distance of 429 feet, according to Statcast™, broke a 31-game drought for Odor -- his last 11 of 2017 and first 20 of this season -- the second longest of his career. His last home run was on Sept. 20, 2017, off Andrew Albers of the Mariners. Odor also missed 27 games earlier this season with a strained left hamstring.

"I've been feeling pretty good at the plate," Odor said. "I was just swinging at bad pitches. Right now I'm just trying to see my pitch, get my pitch, and I felt really good today at the plate. I'm trying to help my team to win. That's the only thing I can do, and I'm trying."

The Rangers couldn't keep it tied and were trailing, 8-4, when Guzman faced reliever Chad Green leading off the seventh. Guzman had just two home runs in his first 92 Major League at-bats, but he still has some power.

Video: NYY@TEX: Guzman cranks solo home run to right-center

Guzman jumped on a 1-0 fastball clocked at 96 mph and blasted it into the upper deck for his third home run. This one had an exit velocity of 111.1 mph and an estimated distance of 443 feet.

"That one was pretty good," Guzman said. "That is one of the farthest I have hit in my life. I am just trying to find the rhythm and get a good pitch to hit."

The Rangers have 15 home runs with an exit velocity of 110 mph or greater this season, the second most in the Majors. The team with the most (21) is the team that beat them on Monday.

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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Daniels' focus on player growth, not team record

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ARLINGTON -- The success of the Rangers' season will not be measured by their won-loss record. General manager Jon Daniels made it clear on Monday that the team's No. 1 priority will be the continued development of its young players.

So far that has been a mixed bag, and Daniels wants it to be better as the Rangers move forward.

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ARLINGTON -- The success of the Rangers' season will not be measured by their won-loss record. General manager Jon Daniels made it clear on Monday that the team's No. 1 priority will be the continued development of its young players.

So far that has been a mixed bag, and Daniels wants it to be better as the Rangers move forward.

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"Obviously, the record is not where we want it to be," Daniels said. "Some positive signs with our young players, some scuffling a little bit. We said from Day 1, it was critical -- the development of these young guys. That has been accelerated by the injuries, but that's the biggest thing we are going to be looking for."

The Rangers went into their three-game series against the Yankees with a record of 18-30 and in last place in the American League West, 12 games behind the Astros.

Daniels is not looking to blame the field staff for the Rangers' poor start, but much of the coaching staff's evaluation going forward will be based on how the young players develop and improve.

"When we take the approach we took this offseason, and on top of that, you get the number of injuries that we've got, I'm not sitting here looking to blame the coaching staff for personnel issues like that," Daniels said. "I think from a coaching-staff perspective, we constantly talk about the development of our young players, some of [whom] are going well, some of [whom] are not, and that's got to be our focus."

The Rangers' poor start makes it seem obvious that they will be "sellers" as the summer progresses and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline draws closer. Daniels isn't ready to go there yet, but he understands the mindset.

"I don't know how to answer that question, because I have never looked at it like the buyer/seller deal," Daniels said. "You are always looking to get better. Obviously, we are not in a great spot in the standings. That will influence things. You try and take a step back and look at things for this year, next year and the foreseeable future, where you want to be and what is the best way to get there."

The starting lineup against the Yankees on Monday night included seven players 25 or younger: outfielders Joey Gallo (24), Delino DeShields (25) and Nomar Mazara (23); and infielders Isiah Kiner-Falefa (23), Jurickson Profar (25), Rougned Odor (24) and Ronald Guzman (23).

That's the core group the team wants to see make progress through this season. The Rangers want to have a definitive idea of what they have in that group, as well as those to come, going into next offseason.

"We didn't approach this [past] offseason as though we were aggressively making moves to force the issue this year," Daniels said. "I knew we had a little bit of a lack of depth at the upper levels of the system. When you have injuries, that's exposed. But there are some things outside of that. There are some guys that are performing well, and there are some guys that we know are capable of more, and there's definitely a sense of urgency on our side to work with those players and get more out of them."

Some national reports have suggested that the Rangers are open to anything and everything, but Daniels doesn't expect the trade market to really heat up until after the MLB Draft from June 4-6.

"A few conversations here and there, but the reality is, this time of the year most clubs are hunkering down for the Draft," he said. "We are no different."

The Rangers will have plenty to talk about once clubs start focusing on trades and improvements. The Rangers' marquee name is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is eligible for free agency after the season. But right now he is on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

"I hate to talk about specific guys, especially in such a speculative manner," Daniels said. "We will deal with those situations when they come up. I really don't spend any time thinking about trading Adrian."

Cole Hamels is the other prominent player who could draw interest. He can also be a free agent after this season if the Rangers don't pick up his option and instead pay a $6 million buyout. If they pick up the option, he is signed for next season at $20 million. Hamels is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday after being scratched from his last start because of stiffness in his neck.

"I don't know how to characterize what we're open to," Daniels said. "We'll look at what's best for the team this year, next year and beyond. If things make sense, we'll have those conversations."

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 recall Bush, designate Jepsen

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ARLINGTON -- Right-handed reliever Matt Bush is back in the Major Leagues.

The Rangers recalled Bush from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and designated veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen for assignment. Manager Jeff Banister said Bush will step into his previous role as a multi-inning bridge and late-inning reliever.

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ARLINGTON -- Right-handed reliever Matt Bush is back in the Major Leagues.

The Rangers recalled Bush from Triple-A Round Rock on Monday and designated veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen for assignment. Manager Jeff Banister said Bush will step into his previous role as a multi-inning bridge and late-inning reliever.

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He did just that on Monday, allowing two runs in 1 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 10-5 loss to the Yankees.

"All the reports on Matt Bush have been quality reports," Banister said. "Fastball velo has been good. Location, pitchability, he has been able to make adjustments. Throw the ball out of the strike zone, he is able to get back in the strike zone. Pitch efficiency has been outstanding."

Bush was optioned to Round Rock on April 25 after he posted a 3.97 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in his first 13 appearances for the Rangers. He pitched in eight games at Round Rock and allowed two runs in nine innings on nine hits and four walks. He struck out 14.

Bush also closed out with 6 2/3 scoreless innings over his last six outings, striking out 12. That helped convince the Rangers he was ready to return.

"I went down there to get better, get more consistent," Bush said. "Just making a few adjustments, throwing more strikes. Being able to command all my pitches. Just not throwing enough strikes. I started throwing more strikes and had some consistent outings down there and got back here ready to go."

Bush said the time in Triple-A also helped him mentally. He was able to spend time with his friend and counselor Roy Silver and clear his head. The Rangers view it as a good sign that Bush went right to Round Rock when he was sent down rather than take the full 72 hours to report.

"I enjoyed it," Bush said. "Great atmosphere there. Great group of guys. Very loose, very relaxed. Had a good amount of time to work with Roy Silver, get back to some basics. Get a fresh start, get a clear mind. Kind of like I did when I first got called up [in 2015]."

Jepsen made the Rangers out of Spring Training and had a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP through his first 11 games. But he had a 13.50 ERA and a 2.67 WHIP in his last 10 games as his command became erratic and he lost the effectiveness of his high fastball.

"I just know he came out of Spring Training throwing the ball well," Banister said. "I know he was working hard, but it was a situation where his high fastball got away from him. He still has quality stuff, but Matt was ready to come back and we had to make a decision. This was the decision that had to be made."

When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is immediately removed from his club's 40-man roster, and 25-man roster if he was on that as well. Within seven days of the transaction (it was previously 10 days), the player must either be traded, released or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Rangers beat

• Third baseman Adrian Beltre, on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, is doing some baseball activities, but general manager Jon Daniels said, "He is making progress but not close. He is still a couple of weeks away."

• The Rangers are undecided on Thursday's starter against the Royals. Triple-A right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx appears to be a candidate since it is his day to pitch. The Rangers also have long reliever Jesse Chavez as a potential candidate as well as rookie Yohander Mendez, also at Round Rock.

• Utility player Drew Robinson has been activated off the disabled list and optioned to Round Rock. He had been sidelined since May 5 with a strained left hip.

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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Phillips strong in 3rd straight scoreless start

Melendez racks up career-high 6 RBIs for Lexington
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.

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

Fresh off earning MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week honors, MJ Melendez enjoyed the biggest offensive performance of his young career.

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Melendez, Kansas City's No. 4 prospect, hit a three-run home run and a pair of doubles en route to a career-high six RBIs on Monday, pacing Class A Lexington in an 18-2 rout of Rome. He finished 3-for-6, also scoring two runs in the contest.

The Royals' second-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Melendez was named to the Pipeline PTOW after he led all qualified team Top 30 prospects in slugging (1.042) and ranked second in home runs (tied-four) and OPS (1.503).

With his home run on Monday, the 19-year-old catcher has now homered in five of his past seven games, giving him eight home runs on the season along with a share of fourth place on the South Atlantic League leaderboard. Overall, Melendez has produced a .271 batting average with 21 extra-base hits and a .627 slugging percentage, the circuit's second-best mark, in 31 games.

Lexington scored at least four runs in three different innings as the top five hitters in the Legends' lineup combined for 17 hits and 13 RBIs. Among those standouts was first baseman Nick Pratto (No. 2), who went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. The 2017 first-rounder is slashing .272/.321/.444 in his first full season, with six homers, 22 RBIs and five steals in 38 games.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 3 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) blasted his eighth home run, bumping him up to second place on the Double-A Southern League leaderboard. The solo shot was the lone hit in four at-bats for the 21-year-old outfielder, who owns a .328 average with 29 RBIs through 31 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox

• No. 22 overall prospect Willy Adames (Rays' No. 2) tallied two hits, including a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning, his fourth homer this season. The 22-year-old shortstop has been consistent in his second tour of the International League, slashing .311/.387/.466 over 40 games.

Adames blasts homer

At the Class A Advanced level, Jesus Sanchez (No. 53 overall, Rays' No. 4) hit a two-run homer and finished 2-for-5, leading Charlotte past Tampa, 12-9. The 20-year-old outfielder has put up big numbers so far in the Florida State League, producing a .353/.367/.549 batting line, six home runs and 30 RBIs in 37 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Jesus Sanchez, OF, Rays

• No. 48 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers' No. 3) went 2-for-5 with his second home run in as many days as Double-A Tulsa fell to Arkansas, 7-6. The homer, a two-run shot in the eighth inning, was the 19-year-old catcher's sixth in 33 games this season, and he's now hitting .375 with eight RBIs during his current 10-game hitting streak. DJ Peters (No. 6) also homered for the Drillers, his ninth of the year.

Video: Top Prospects: Keibert Ruiz, C, Dodgers

• No. 68 overall prospect Jon Duplantier (D-backs' No. 1) completed a season-high six innings of two-hit ball in his first scoreless start of the season as Double-A Jackson beat Pensacola, 5-0, in a rain-shortened game. He induced seven ground-ball outs and struck out six in the outing, throwing 51 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has pitched to a 2.37 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings (six starts) this season after getting a late start due to a hamstring injury.

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Angels No. 11 prospect Jose Suarez racked up 11 strikeouts for a second straight start, tossing five scoreless innings of two-hit ball as Double-A Mobile blanked Jacksonville, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The 20-year-old lefty has already registered a trio of double-digit strikeout performances this season and sports a 69-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in a combined 38 2/3 innings (nine starts) between Mobile and Class A Advanced Inland Empire.

Suarez fans 11th hitter

Brewers No. 18 prospect Jake Gatewood was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs to help power Double-A Biloxi past Chattanooga, 12-7. The multi-hit effort was Gatewood's sixth in his past 11 games, during which he's improved his average from .175 to .241.

Watch: Gatewood bangs third double

Brewers No. 22 prospect Trey Supak posted six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in Class A Advanced Carolina's 4-2 win against Down East. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in all but one of his nine starts this season and currently ranks among the Carolina League leaders with a 1.76 ERA (second), 48 strikeouts (tied-second) and 51 innings pitched (first).

Cardinals No. 11 prospect Austin Gomber struck out nine batters over eight innings, marking his fourth eight-plus strikeout performance in his past five starts for Triple-A Memphis. The big left-hander allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks as he paced the Redbirds in a 2-1 win over Oklahoma City. He's fanned 57 batters in 49 innings (eight starts) on the season while pitching to a 4.04 ERA.

Rangers No. 30 prospect Tyler Phillips hasn't allowed an earned run in his past three starts after tossing seven scoreless innings in a no-decision for Class A Hickory. Throwing 55 of his 79 pitches for strikes, the 20-year-old right-hander yielded five hits and struck out seven while generating another nine outs via ground balls. He's lowered his ERA from 4.73 to 2.86 across his past three turns, allowing 13 hits and striking out 18 in 17 1/3 innings.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Minor K's 9, but Rangers' bats struggle in loss

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CHICAGO -- Mike Minor put the Rangers in the position to earn a series split with the White Sox on Sunday, but the Texas offense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.

Minor struck out nine hitters over five innings, but he allowed a Welington Castillo solo home run and a Leury Garcia two-run single in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field that saw the Rangers manage just two hits. The shutout loss was the first this season for Texas, which entered Sunday as the only team besides the Yankees to not be shut out this season. The Rangers have now dropped six of their last eight games.

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CHICAGO -- Mike Minor put the Rangers in the position to earn a series split with the White Sox on Sunday, but the Texas offense didn't hold up its end of the bargain.

Minor struck out nine hitters over five innings, but he allowed a Welington Castillo solo home run and a Leury Garcia two-run single in a 3-0 loss to the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field that saw the Rangers manage just two hits. The shutout loss was the first this season for Texas, which entered Sunday as the only team besides the Yankees to not be shut out this season. The Rangers have now dropped six of their last eight games.

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"We're a better ballclub than this," manager Jeff Banister said.

While Banister gave some credit to how effective White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez was, he said his club didn't show a good two-strike approach for much of the day and struggled to get any offensive rhythm going.

"We missed a lot of fastballs," Shin-Soo Choo said.

Video: TEX@CWS: Lopez strikes out Rua after challenge

With Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus on the disabled list, the Rangers have a group of youngsters trying to fill in. Although Banister isn't concerned about the morale of his team, he said after Sunday's loss that his young players have to find a way to play through disappointment.

"There are tough days at this level, but however you want to play at this level, you learn to overcome, move through and not let these challenges overwhelm you," Banister said. "... They know how to play the game of baseball. Learning to play at the Major League level is a great challenge."

After Minor departed, the combination of Tony Barnette, Alex Claudio and Chris Martin held the White Sox scoreless, as Rangers pitchers combined to strike out 13 hitters. Despite giving up the home run to Castillo, Minor felt like he pitched well and that just enough White Sox hits found open spaces to fall into, like Garcia's bloop single that drove in two.

Video: TEX@CWS: Martin strikes out Garcia in the 8th

"I made quality pitches all day, I felt like," said Minor, who characterized the three runs he surrendered as unlucky. "... I felt like I pitched well, just not well enough. I couldn't stop them."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Best chance missed: Trailing 1-0, the Rangers wasted a Carlos Perez leadoff double in the third inning against Lopez, who struck out Delino DeShields, got Choo to ground out and struck out Jurickson Profar. Perez's double was the last hit the Rangers produced, as Lopez struck out eight over a career-high eight innings.

The White Sox responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the third.

"We've got to get to the point where, when we get down in the count, we're tough outs," Banister said. "That's the bottom line."

HE SAID IT
"You learn in this business that you put today behind you when it's done. Today doesn't mean anything based on what tomorrow is." -- Banister, on the Rangers' young players learning to deal with tough losses

UP NEXT
Right-hander Bartolo Colon looks to build off another strong start when he makes his 22nd career appearance against the Yankees on Monday. Colon threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Seattle on Wednesday, allowing four hits without a walk while striking out three. The 44-year-old will face Masahiro Tanaka in the series opener, which begins at 7:05 p.m. CT at Globe Life Park.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Moore hopes to 'cool off' during DL stint

Left-hander (right knee) struggled again on Friday; Martin activated
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CHICAGO -- Rangers left-hander Matt Moore won't go so far as to say that the chronic right knee soreness that has plagued him since Spring Training is at the center of his struggles this season, but it certainly hasn't made life any more enjoyable.

Moore was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he labored through 3 2/3 innings on Friday when he allowed five runs (four earned), walked three and struck out five against the White Sox. He will miss his next start and hopes to use his time on the disabled list to work through the issues that have factored into his 7.99 ERA through 10 appearances (nine starts) this season.

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CHICAGO -- Rangers left-hander Matt Moore won't go so far as to say that the chronic right knee soreness that has plagued him since Spring Training is at the center of his struggles this season, but it certainly hasn't made life any more enjoyable.

Moore was placed on the 10-day disabled list after he labored through 3 2/3 innings on Friday when he allowed five runs (four earned), walked three and struck out five against the White Sox. He will miss his next start and hopes to use his time on the disabled list to work through the issues that have factored into his 7.99 ERA through 10 appearances (nine starts) this season.

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"I think at this point, it kind of makes sense to let things cool off," Moore said. "I'm not exactly contributing in a positive fashion. It gives me time to kind of let [the knee] heal up a little bit."

• Rangers put Moore on DL with knee soreness

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Saturday the best-case scenario would be for Moore to return to the starting rotation once he is eligible to come off the disabled list. On Sunday, Moore said he will likely throw at least two lengthy bullpen sessions while sidelined with the injury that he said flared up again following his start Friday.

Moore said he felt good coming into the spring, which has made his shaky start even more frustrating to deal with. While he has been happy with stretches of how he has pitched this season, the southpaw has fought inconsistency which, in addition to the nagging knee injury, has made for a long couple of months.

"It's not been my most favorite start," Moore said. "But in general, I think it's times like this that you learn a lot from the game, you learn a lot from your mistakes. There's trial and error going on with everything, so you can take advantage of times where you're not being as productive as you like. I think that's really where I am right now."

Martin returns; Jurado sent down
The Rangers activated right-hander Chris Martin from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday and optioned right-hander Ariel Jurado back to Double-A Frisco, a day after he made his Major League debut on Saturday.

Martin was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 2 with right forearm irritation and last pitched on April 30. He made two Minor League appearances at Double-A Frisco last week, throwing a scoreless inning in each appearance.

"You never want to take that time off [from pitching in the big leagues], but I went down and did what I needed to do," Martin said.

Banister said on Sunday that he was pleased with how Jurado pitched Saturday. The 22-year-old pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs in the third inning -- all with two outs.

Video: TEX@CWS: Jurado K's Garcia for 1st MLB strikeout

"He did exactly what we asked him to do," Banister said. "Give us some innings, give us an opportunity and pitch, and that's exactly what he did."

Robinson starts rehab
The Rangers announced that center fielder Drew Robinson began a Minor League rehab assignment on Sunday at Double-A Frisco as the designated hitter. Robinson has been on the disabled list since May 7 with left hip soreness.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Jurado drops debut but impresses Rangers

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CHICAGO -- The Rangers staked Ariel Jurado to a lead in his Major League debut Saturday. Once he gave up the early advantage, however, the Rangers couldn't muster anything offensively to take it back.

But as far as first impressions go, Jurado made a strong one.

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CHICAGO -- The Rangers staked Ariel Jurado to a lead in his Major League debut Saturday. Once he gave up the early advantage, however, the Rangers couldn't muster anything offensively to take it back.

But as far as first impressions go, Jurado made a strong one.

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The 22-year-old right-hander, who was recalled Saturday from Double-A Frisco, became the youngest Rangers pitcher to make a start in his debut in nearly 10 years. But after getting through his first two big league innings unscathed, Jurado allowed four runs -- all with two outs -- in the third inning of a 5-3 loss to the White Sox on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.

But it was the way Jurado responded after the four-run third inning that impressed manager Jeff Banister the most. Jurado threw 4 2/3 innings, allowing the four runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking two.

He recorded his first strikeout when Leury Garcia went down swinging in the second inning.

"This kid threw the ball extremely well," Banister said. "He responded very well. [He] gave up the runs, [but] walking off the field, [he] didn't seem affected by it at all, came back in, settled in and went back out and threw strikes."

RBI doubles by Jurickson Profar and Rougned Odor in the second inning provided the Rangers with a 2-0 lead. Profar's sacrifice fly in the third inning extended the lead to three runs before the White Sox roughed up Jurado in their half of the inning.

Video: TEX@CWS: Profar opens scoring with RBI double in 2nd

After Omar Narvaez led off with a double, Jurado recorded two outs, then issued a walk to Yolmer Sanchez that opened the door for three straight hits, including RBI singles to Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson. A two-run triple from Daniel Palka gave the White Sox the lead.

Despite the inning when he left a few too many pitches up in the strike zone, Jurado said the time between receiving the news he was being called up and Saturday night's start didn't give him enough time to get nervous.

"I took it as another start for me," Jurado said through a team interpreter. "I tried to do my best job."

Abreu homered off of reliever Kevin Jepsen in the seventh. The Rangers' offense stalled after the third inning, when they got to White Sox starter Lucas Giolito early. But Giolito settled in and combined with three relievers to limit the Rangers to singles by Robinson Chirinos and Delino DeShields the rest of the way.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Dream come true: After surrendering four runs in the third inning, Jurado bounced back with a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth before leaving the game with two outs in the fifth inning. The outing capped a whirlwind callup in which Jurado said he started crying when he received the news he was headed for Chicago.

"It's a very happy moment for me," Jurado said. "... You always dream of [making a debut], but I really didn't have a chance to think about it."

SOUND SMART
The Rangers have lost 11 games this season after taking the lead. Saturday's loss was the second time in three days they couldn't hold onto a lead, and they dropped to 4-5 in two-run games, two of which happened in this series against the White Sox.

HE SAID IT
"The kid showed a lot of moxie tonight. He showed us everything that our scouts and development people told us. Loved what we saw. … He needs to feel good about himself, what he showed us tonight." -- Banister on Jurado's debut

UP NEXT
Mike Minor takes the mound for the Rangers in the series finale Sunday, which begins at 1:10 p.m. CT. Minor (3-2, 5.61 ERA) will look for his first win since May 3 after surrendering 11 earned runs over his last two starts. He will face Reynaldo Lopez.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Rangers put Moore on DL with knee soreness

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CHICAGO -- The Rangers placed left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right knee soreness. In a corresponding move, the club recalled Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make his Major League debut in Saturday night's game against the White Sox.

Moore, who has a 1-5 record with a 7.99 ERA in 10 games this season, lasted just 3 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 12-5 win over the White Sox on Friday night. Moore allowed five runs (four earned), struck out five and walked three.

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CHICAGO -- The Rangers placed left-hander Matt Moore on the 10-day disabled list on Saturday with right knee soreness. In a corresponding move, the club recalled Ariel Jurado from Double-A Frisco to make his Major League debut in Saturday night's game against the White Sox.

Moore, who has a 1-5 record with a 7.99 ERA in 10 games this season, lasted just 3 2/3 innings in the Rangers' 12-5 win over the White Sox on Friday night. Moore allowed five runs (four earned), struck out five and walked three.

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Jurado will be the first Ranger to make his big league debut with a start since Chi Chi Gonzalez on May 30, 2015. The 22-year-old compiled a 1-1 record with a 2.57 ERA in six starts for Frisco this season, holding opponents to a .233 batting average with eight walks and 18 strikeouts. Jurado recorded quality starts in each of his last four outings, posting a 1.71 ERA in that span.

As for Moore's future, manager Jeff Banister said on Saturday the "best scenario" would be for Moore to return to the rotation once he is eligible to come off the disabled list. As for the knee soreness, Banister said the discomfort in the knee has been "off and on" throughout the season and was something the Rangers were aware of coming into Spring Training.

"We felt it got to the point to where would give him time to calm down and, in the meantime, [he would] miss a start and continue to work on things," Banister said.

Banister would not commit to keeping Jurado in the rotation beyond Saturday and said it is probably best for the youngster to make some pitches at the Major League level.

Hamels update

Rangers starter Cole Hamels continues to deal with neck stiffness, but the plan calls for him be able to pitch on Tuesday against the Yankees, according to Banister. Hamels was scratched from his start on Thursday with the neck stiffness, which surfaced on Wednesday.

Banister said on Friday that Hamels was doing much better and that he likely could return to the mound against the Yankees.

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Diekman encourages kids to Gut it Out

Rangers left-hander tells IBD patients to not let the condition limit them
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CHICAGO -- The inked message on Rangers left-hander Jake Diekman's right wrist has not faded much over the past four years and serves as a daily reminder of the ulcerative colitis he has lived with since age 11.

The message, Gut it Out, is also stitched into Diekman's glove and is there for anyone to see. The three words comprise the message that Diekman shares with families like the ones he met with before Saturday's game against the White Sox.

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CHICAGO -- The inked message on Rangers left-hander Jake Diekman's right wrist has not faded much over the past four years and serves as a daily reminder of the ulcerative colitis he has lived with since age 11.

The message, Gut it Out, is also stitched into Diekman's glove and is there for anyone to see. The three words comprise the message that Diekman shares with families like the ones he met with before Saturday's game against the White Sox.

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Ulcerative colitis, which is an inflammatory bowel disease, can be debilitating, but Diekman is quick to tell kids and their parents that IBD can be managed in a way that allows those afflicted with the condition to live productive lives.

On Saturday -- which is recognized as World IBD Day -- Diekman met with 10 pediatric patients from Chicago's Rush University Children's Hospital to continue to raise awareness among those who, like Diekman, live with the disease.

"We try to create a community where kids don't have to feel like embarrassed or shy about talking about [IBD]," Diekman said. "If we can bring them out there and I, in any way, can be a role model for them to show them that, hey, IBD, Crohn's and colitis doesn't really have to push you back."

Tweet from @JakeDiekman: This Saturday 5/19 in celebration of #WorldIBDDay, I want you guys to share what you #GutItOut for. Is there someone who inspires you? Is there a goal you want to reach? Take a photo w/ the Gut It Out sign & share on social media w/ #GutItOut! pic.twitter.com/ogbDQpvbeB

According to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation website, Diekman became extremely ill while traveling with his family to California at age 11. His parents originally believed Diekman was dealing with food poisoning, but after he remained sick for the following two weeks, he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

The condition flared up again prior to the 2013 season when Diekman lost 20 pounds after he began to feel sluggish, overheated and irritable. According to the site, Diekman determined to take charge of his condition then and there.

In 2015, he sold T-shirts printed with Gut It Out, which raised $12,000 for CCFA. That was just the beginning of Diekman's interaction with IBD patients and their parents.

His message, Diekman said, is simple.

Listen to the doctor. Take the medication. Tell your parents when you're not feeling well. Stay hydrated and perhaps most importantly, don't shy away from spreading the word.

"Tell your friends, tell those that you are close with," Diekman said. "It will make it a lot easier."

Jeff Arnold is a contributor to MLB.com based in Chicago.

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Calhoun posts 3-hit day for Round Rock

White Sox Jimenez collects season-high 4 hits for Birmingham
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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

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

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The No. 3 overall prospect in baseball had a big day at the plate, as Eloy Jimenez turned in a 4-for-4 performance with two doubles in Double-A Birmingham's 7-2 loss to Montgomery. Jimenez, the No. 1 prospect in a loaded White Sox farm system, is hitting .322/.352/.593 with seven home runs in 29 games this season.

Here are the top prospect performances from the rest of Saturday's Minor League action:

• No. 17 overall prospect Alex Reyes (Cardinals' No. 1) made his third Minor League rehab start as he continues his road back from Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out 13 batters over 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Double-A Springfield's 1-0 victory over Northwest Arkansas. Reyes surrendered only one hit and walked three batters.

Watch: Reyes' 13th strikeout

• The No. 47 overall prospect and Braves' No. 5, Ian Anderson tossed 5 2/3 strong innings for Class A Advanced Florida in a scoreless game against Clearwater that was suspended in the sixth inning due to inclement weather. The 20-year-old right-hander gave up two hits, walked three and struck out seven, lowering his season ERA to 3.19 in eight starts.

Video: Top Prospects: Ian Anderson, RHP, Braves

• No. 49 overall prospect Willie Calhoun (Rangers' No. 2) went 3-for-4 with a double and a homer in Triple-A Round Rock's loss to New Orleans. Calhoun is five for his last eight after going hitless in three straight games. He's slashing .273/.335/.410 with four home runs in 42 games this season.

Video: Top Prospects: Willie Calhoun, RHP, Rangers

• Braves' No. 18 prospect Drew Waters drove in three of Class A Rome's six runs in a 6-2 victory over Ashville, going 2-for-4 with a double and a homer, raising his season average to .244. The homer was the 19-year-old center fielder's fourth in 32 games this season.

• Jasrado Chisholm (D-backs' No. 3 prospect) belted two homers and drove in four runs during Class A Kane County's 8-4 win over Peoria. The 20-year-old shortstop had entered the game in a 4-for-33 slump. He's hitting .275/.347/.560 with six homers in 27 games.

Watch: Chisholm knocks second homer

Taylor Widener (D-backs' No. 4 prospect) was dominant in Double-A Jackson's 4-1 victory over Pensacola, striking out 11 over seven innings in which he allowed a run on four hits. The performance brought his ERA for the season down to 2.86 in nine starts at the Double-A level.

Video: Top Prospects: Taylor Widener, RHP, D-backs

Oscar Mercado (Cardinals' No. 10 prospect) went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Triple-A Memphis' 11-4 win over Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old center fielder is six for his last nine, raising his season average from .277 to .304 in the process. He has an .821 OPS with five homers and 10 steals in 37 games this season.

• Cory Abbott (Cubs' No. 28 prospect) turned in six scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts during Class A South Bend's 5-4, 10-inning loss to Fort Wayne. The 22-year-old right-hander walked two and yielded two hits, lowering his ERA to 2.72 over seven starts in his second professional season.

Dennis Santana (Dodgers' No. 10 prospect) made his Triple-A debut Saturday in Oklahoma City's 4-2 victory over Nashville, and was dominant over six scoreless frames that included 11 strikeouts. The right-hander didn't walk a batter and allowed only three hits. In eight starts this season at Double-A Tulsa, the 22-year-old posted a 2.56 ERA.

Watch: Santana gets strikeout No. 11

Justin Williams (Rays' No. 9 prospect) had four hits in five at-bats during Triple-A Durham's 10-7 win over Indianapolis. He doubled twice, homered and drove in three runs. The 22-year-old right fielder is hitting .252/.319/.407 with four home runs in 34 games for the Bulls this season.

Watch: Williams clubs solo homer

Yonathan Daza (Rockies' No. 20 prospect) had a four-hit game of his own in Double-A Hartford's 5-4 loss to Akron, going 4-for-5 with a double. The 24-year-old center fielder is slashing .300/.325/.450 with three homers in 38 games this season.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.