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2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Tomorrow fund equipment drive takes place on Saturday

Equipment will go to Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Rangers catcher-infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa is serving as the Equipment Drive's honorary chairman this year. Fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 18. All fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future Rangers' home game in 2018. 

All equipment received will be donated to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota in West Dallas. 

In a pre-game presentation on Saturday, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will donate a $5,000.00 grant to Mercy Street for the purchase of youth baseball and softball equipment. In addition, Academy Sports + Outdoors will be giving a $2,000.00 gift card to the Rangers Baseball Foundation to use for the purchase of equipment at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy.

Fans can also drop off equipment this week at the following locations:

--Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop, Globe Life Park in Arlington

--Texas Rangers Team Shop, 316 Main St. in Fort Worth

This year marks the 14th season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs.

The equipment drive is sponsored in part by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Fox Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. For more information, call 817-273-5207 or visit www.texasrangers.com/equipment.

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Rangers to honor Bartolo Colon as the all-time winningest pitcher from Latin America prior to Saturday's game with the Los Angles Angels

Dennis Martinez to participate in on-field ceremony

The Texas Rangers will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998 with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle, and Atlanta.

The Texas Rangers will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998 with Baltimore, Montreal, Cleveland, Seattle, and Atlanta.

Martinez will be in Arlington to participate in Saturday's ceremony, which will include several presentations to Colon from the Rangers and their players. Martinez will also be signing autographs in the New Era Alumni Alley from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Colon defeated Arizona on Monday and is 247-186 in his big league career with Cleveland (1997-2002), Montreal (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003; 2009), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-07), Boston (2008), New York Yankees (2011), Oakland (2012-13), New York Mets (2014-16), Atlanta (2017), Minnesota (2017), and Texas (2018). He is 7-10 in 24 games/22 starts with the Rangers this season.

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Rangers acquire 3B Sherten Apostel from Pittsburgh Pirates and LHP Josh Javier from Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas acquires pair of 19-year-old prospects as players to be named later, completing trades involving Keone Kela and Jake Diekman

The Texas Rangers announced the following two player acquisitions Friday:

·   Third baseman Sherten Apostel acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player to be named later, completing a July 30 trade involving right-handed pitcher Keone Kela. Apostel has been assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.

The Texas Rangers announced the following two player acquisitions Friday:

·   Third baseman Sherten Apostel acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates as a player to be named later, completing a July 30 trade involving right-handed pitcher Keone Kela. Apostel has been assigned to the Spokane Indians of the Northwest League.

·   Left-handed pitcher Josh Javier acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks as a player to be named later, completing a July 31 trade involving left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman. Javier has been assigned to the Arizona League Rangers.

Apostel, 19, was originally signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound native of Curacao has spent the year with the Bristol Pirates in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, batting .259 (36-139) with 7 home runs, 26 RBI, and an .866 OPS figure over 41 games in the first stateside action of his career. Apostel's younger brother, Shendrik, is also an infielder in the Pirates system.

The 19-year-old Javier is in his first season in the U.S. in 2018, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.80 ERA (11 ER/35.1 IP) and 1.189 WHIP figure over 10 games/4 starts with the Arizona League Diamondbacks. He has averaged 8.6 strikeouts per 9 innings this season after spending his first two professional campaigns in the Dominican Summer League. Javier was originally signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in 2015 out of the Dominican Republic.

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Rangers place Delino DeShields on 10-day DL, recall Drew Robinson

DeShields sustained fractured finger during Thursday night's game against the Angels

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. The team has recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 27. DeShields was also on the disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and he was on the seven-day concussion list from August 4-11. DeShields has batted .204 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has placed outfielder Delino DeShields on the 10-day disabled list with a fracture of the tip of his right middle finger. The team has recalled infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson from Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields sustained the injured finger on an attempted bunt in the seventh inning of Thursday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. The first date he would be eligible to return is August 27. DeShields was also on the disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand, and he was on the seven-day concussion list from August 4-11. DeShields has batted .204 with two home runs, 22 RBIs, and a team-high 18 stolen bases over 85 games for the Rangers this season.

Robinson will be in his third stint with the Rangers this season, also Opening Day-May 20 and August 4-11. He has batted .186 with one home run and five RBIs in 32 games with Texas in 2018. He has spent the balance of the campaign with Round Rock, batting .303 (64-211) with 10 home runs, 28 RBIs, and a .948 OPS figure in 53 games.

After these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the Major League roster, along with five players on the 60-day disabled list.

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Globe Life & Rangers Baseball Foundation award grants to 11 non-profits

Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball grants will be presented during a ceremony prior to the game today, Friday, August 17, against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana to support youth baseball and softball programs.

The Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball grants will be presented during a ceremony prior to the game today, Friday, August 17, against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation instituted the Grant Program in 2012 as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. Since its creation in 1992, the Rangers Foundation has constructed the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota along with 12 baseball fields in other communities and supported thousands of children playing for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Miracle League programs. Seven grants were awarded in the first year of the program in 2012, an additional 11 were presented in both 2013 and 2014, 10 were given in both 2015 and 2016, and eight were distributed in 2017.

In February 2014, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life announced a 10-year agreement establishing Globe Life Park in Arlington as the new name for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. As part of the agreement with the Rangers, Globe Life is making a substantial commitment to support youth baseball and softball programs in the Rangers' five-state territory by joining with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in the grant partnership program.

On August 24, 2017, the Rangers and Globe Life announced an extension of their naming rights partnership establishing Globe Life Field as the name for the team's new ballpark that will open in Arlington for the 2020 season. The extension of the Rangers-Globe Life partnership goes through 2048.

Over the past seven years, more than $550,000 has been distributed to more than 69 different organizations - impacting more than 60,000 kids and more than 50 different communities through the Globe Life Texas Rangers Baseball and Softball Grant Program.

Based in McKinney, Texas, Globe Life has served the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has 4.2 million policyholders and more than $80 billion of insurance in force.

Organizations were asked to complete a proposal describing how funding from the grant would allow them to give youth in their area the opportunity to play either baseball or softball. The winners were selected based on need and the ability of the proposed program to improve baseball programs in their local areas. FOX Sports Southwest helped to promote the grant program throughout the Rangers entire television territory.

The 2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation grant recipients includes:

El Paso Border Youth Athletic Association, El Paso, TX

Funds will be used for leagues and fall, spring, and summer programming.

Fort Worth Southwest High School Softball, Fort Worth, TX

Funds will be used to replace batting cage nets.

Frazier Revitalization, Dallas, TX

Funds will be used for skill development and competition for grades four through six in South Dallas.

Greenville High School, Greenville, TX

Funds will be used to build batting cages, cover current batting cages, and build a storage shed for field supplies.

Legacy Ranch, Gonzales, TX

Funds will be used to install a softball play area, including field generation, backstop, bases, bats, balls, and gloves.

Opelousas High School Baseball Team, Opelousas, LA

Funds will be used to build a batting cage and purchase a pitching machine.

Opelousas Senior High School, Opelousas, LA

Funds will be used to improve and elevate the softball program.

Paris Optimist Foundation, Paris, TX

Funds will be used to upgrade the dugouts for players with disabilities.

Sunray ISD, Sunray, TX

Funds will be used to begin a baseball program.

Texas Leadership Charter Academy- Arlington, Arlington, TX

Funds will be used to build batting cage and pitching/bullpen area.

Van Baseball and Softball Association, Van, TX

Funds will be used to replace backstop and add dugouts for the t-ball field. 

About Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation: Since its inception in 1991, the Foundation has invested more than $30 million in our community to help children through support of programs including the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota, youth health and wellness programs like the just keep livin programs, educational programs including the Richard Greene Scholars program, and support of the military and first responders and their families

About Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company: Globe Life has served the life insurance needs of American families since 1951. Globe Life has 4.2 million policyholders and more than $80 billion of insurance in force. Globe Life And Accident Insurance Company, which employs nearly 3,000 people at its offices in McKinney, Oklahoma City, OK, and other corporate locations nationwide, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK), headquartered in McKinney. Torchmark's other insurance subsidiaries include American Income Life, Liberty National, United American, and Family Heritage Life. More information is available at www.GlobeLifeInsurance.com.

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Rangers MLB Youth Academy Notebook

With the new "States Play" tournament coming to Globe Life Park in Arlington next weekend, the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is set join the action by hosting some of the workouts.

Workouts will be held at the Academy on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

With the new "States Play" tournament coming to Globe Life Park in Arlington next weekend, the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex Presented by Toyota is set join the action by hosting some of the workouts.

Workouts will be held at the Academy on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The three games of the tournament will be hosted at Globe Life Park, pitting a roster of players from Texas against a roster from California. Athletes were selected MLB and USA Baseball.

Games at Globe Life Park are Friday, August 24, at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, August 26, at 11:00 a.m. The games are free for the public and will stream live on MLB.com.

Equipment Drive

On Saturday, August 18, fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. as part of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) Equipment Drive.

Academy athletes who were on the RBI All-Star teams that traveled to the RBI Southwest Regionals in Austin, Texas, last month will be on hand to assist with the collection. All equipment received will benefit Academy participants, Rangers RBI, and Mercy Street Little League. 

Fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future 2018 Rangers home game.

Fall Preview

The Rangers Academy is gearing up for fall programming. Activities to watch for in the coming weeks include:

• Registration is now open for Mercy Street Little League (https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/)

• RBI Fall Baseball and Softball season kicking off at the end of September (www.rangers.com/academy)

• Youth Academy Fall Training Program for ages 7 through 18, beginning at the end of September (www.rangers.com/academy)

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Rangers activate Mazara from 10-day DL; option Calhoun to Round Rock

Mazara is in starting lineup and batting cleanup for tonight's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has activated outfielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Round Rock.

Mazara has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a right thumb sprain sustained during the club's series in Baltimore prior to the All-Star break. His last game with Texas was July 14 at Baltimore. He batted a combined .300 (6-20) with 2 RBI during a 6-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock and Frisco (AA), going 0-for-4 and playing the entire game in right field last night for the RoughRiders against Arkansas. Mazara batted .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games for the Rangers prior to the first disabled list stint of his career, and he has a team-leading 78 starts in right field.

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has activated outfielder Nomar Mazara from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Willie Calhoun to Triple-A Round Rock.

Mazara has been on the disabled list since July 17 with a right thumb sprain sustained during the club's series in Baltimore prior to the All-Star break. His last game with Texas was July 14 at Baltimore. He batted a combined .300 (6-20) with 2 RBI during a 6-game injury rehabilitation assignment with Round Rock and Frisco (AA), going 0-for-4 and playing the entire game in right field last night for the RoughRiders against Arkansas. Mazara batted .272 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI in 91 games for the Rangers prior to the first disabled list stint of his career, and he has a team-leading 78 starts in right field.

Calhoun has batted .275 with one home run and 9 RBI in 22 games for Texas since being promoted on July 20, the day Mazara was formally placed on the disabled list. He has spent the balance of the campaign at Round Rock.

After these transactions, the Rangers remain at the 40-man limit on the major league roster, along with 5 players on the 60-day disabled list.

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Rangers acquire Minor League RHP Kelvin Gonzalez from Kansas City

Gonzalez will be assigned to the Arizona League Rangers

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Gonzalez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for international slot money. Gonzalez has been assigned from the A-ball Burlington Royals to the Arizona League Rangers.

The 20-year-old Gonzalez has gone 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA (9 ER/19.1 IP) and one save over 11 relief appearances with Short-Season Burlington in the Appalachian League this season. He made his stateside debut last season with the AZL Royals after spending the majority of his first 2 pro seasons with the Royals entry in the Dominican Summer League. Gonzalez signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on September 27, 2015.

Arlington, Texas -- The Texas Rangers this afternoon announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Kelvin Gonzalez from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for international slot money. Gonzalez has been assigned from the A-ball Burlington Royals to the Arizona League Rangers.

The 20-year-old Gonzalez has gone 0-2 with a 4.19 ERA (9 ER/19.1 IP) and one save over 11 relief appearances with Short-Season Burlington in the Appalachian League this season. He made his stateside debut last season with the AZL Royals after spending the majority of his first 2 pro seasons with the Royals entry in the Dominican Summer League. Gonzalez signed with the Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic on September 27, 2015.

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Rangers acquire outfielder Alexander Ovalles from Chicago Cubs to complete July 27 trade

Ovalles is the player to be named later for Cole Hamels deal

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

The Texas Rangers this evening announced that the club has acquired minor league outfielder Alexander Ovalles from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition of Ovalles completes a July 27 trade in which the Rangers received right-handed pitchers Eddie Butler and Rollie Lacy and a player to be named later from the Cubs in exchange for left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels and cash considerations.

Ovalles, 17, has batted .316 (24-76) with no home runs, 8 RBI, 16 walks, 14 strikeouts, and a .799 OPS over 21 games with the Cubs2 team in the Dominican Summer League this year, his first professional action. He has been sidelined after having surgery for a broken hamate bone, and recently resumed batting in his return from the surgery. Ovalles last played in a game on June 26. He has appeared at first base and all three outfield positions this season.

A native of the Domincan Republic, the left-handed batter and thrower was signed by the Cubs as an international free agent on July 27, 2017.

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2018 Texas Rangers Baseball Tomorrow Fund equipment drive takes place on Saturday, August 18

Equipment will go to Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place this Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers catcher-infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa is serving as the Equipment Drive's honorary chairman this year. Fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 18. All fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future Rangers' home game in 2018.  

In support of the ongoing commitment from Major League Baseball, its Clubs and the players to increase opportunities for youth participation in baseball and softball, the Texas Rangers will once again team with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to host an equipment collection drive in 2018.

The Equipment Drive will take place this Saturday, August 18 when the Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels at 7:05 p.m. at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers catcher-infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa is serving as the Equipment Drive's honorary chairman this year. Fans may drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment at any entrance of Globe Life Park in Arlington from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on August 18. All fans who make a donation will receive a ticket to a future Rangers' home game in 2018.  

All equipment received will be donated to the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex presented by Toyota in West Dallas.  

In a pre-game presentation on Saturday, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will donate a $5,000.00 grant to Mercy Street for the purchase of youth baseball and softball equipment. In addition, Academy Sports + Outdoors will be giving a $2,000.00 gift card to the Rangers Baseball Foundation to use for the purchase of equipment at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy.

Fans can also drop off equipment all this week at the following locations:

--Texas Rangers Grand Slam Gift Shop, Globe Life Park in Arlington
--Texas Rangers Team Shop, 316 Main St. in Fort Worth

This year marks the 14th season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to supplement their existing equipment collection programs and to help facilitate the creation of new programs. 

The equipment drive is sponsored in part by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Fox Sports Southwest and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. For more information, call 817-273-5207 or visit www.texasrangers.com/equipment.

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Rangers to honor Bartolo Colon as the all-time winningest pitcher from Latin America prior to Saturday's game with the Los Angeles Angels

Dennis Martinez to participate in on-field ceremony

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998.

The Texas Rangers today announced that the club will honor Bartolo Colon in an on-field ceremony prior to the game with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, August 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The ceremony will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m. prior to the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.

With his 246th career victory on August 7 against Seattle, Colon became the all-time Major League leader in wins for a native of Latin America. He surpassed Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in a 23-year ML career from 1976-1998.

Martinez will be in Arlington to participate in Saturday's ceremony, which will include several presentations to Colon from the Rangers and their players. Martinez will also be signing autographs in the New Era Alumni Alley from 5:45-6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Colon defeated Arizona on Monday and is 247-186 in his big league career with Cleveland (1997-2002), Montreal (2002), Chicago White Sox (2003; 2009), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-07), Boston (2008), New York Yankees (2011), Oakland (2012-13), New York Mets (2014-16), Atlanta (2017), Minnesota (2017), and Texas (2018). He is 7-10 in 24 games/22 starts with the Rangers this season.

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Bragging rights up for grabs in the inaugural "States Play" tournament

New high school baseball event will feature competition between the best rising senior players from Texas against those from California

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced a new high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from Texas and California, two states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. "States Play," which will be co-hosted by the Texas Rangers, will center on a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, from Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th. All three games of the inter-state rivalry tournament will stream LIVE on MLB.com, and access to Globe Life will be free for the public. MLB Network's Daron Sutton will call play-by-play while former MLB All-Star pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon will provide analysis. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman will provide on-air reporting.  

The schedule of games is as follows (all times Central):
Friday, August 24th: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25th: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26th: 11:00 a.m.

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball today announced a new high school baseball tournament to showcase some of the best rising seniors from Texas and California, two states that historically produce a high volume of collegiate and professional players. "States Play," which will be co-hosted by the Texas Rangers, will center on a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, from Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th. All three games of the inter-state rivalry tournament will stream LIVE on MLB.com, and access to Globe Life will be free for the public. MLB Network's Daron Sutton will call play-by-play while former MLB All-Star pitcher Tom "Flash" Gordon will provide analysis. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman will provide on-air reporting.  

The schedule of games is as follows (all times Central):
Friday, August 24th: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 25th: 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 26th: 11:00 a.m.

Each team will consist of rosters of players living in various parts of each state. The vast majority of the high school players have already committed to some of the best collegiate baseball programs in the country. Players were selected by MLB and USA Baseball, with several being chosen after participation in other joint MLB/USA Baseball development-focused events, such as the Tournament of the Stars, Breakthrough Series, Elite Development Invitational, the DREAM Series, and the Prospect Development Pipeline. **States Play rosters can be found in the separate attachment. All names are subject to change.**

Former Major League players with personal or professional histories in Texas or California will serve as coaches for each team. These coaches include Jerry Manuel, Homer Bush, Royce Clayton, Ken Hill, Gerald Laird, Darren Oliver and Andy Stankiewicz. Additionally, players will participate in morning training sessions at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy located in West Dallas. Workouts will be held on Friday (August 24th) and Saturday (August 25th) from 9:00 a.m. to Noon (CT) at the Academy.

Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to undergo unique Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) assessments, consisting ofperformance vision screening, swing analysis and precise physical testing. These voluntary assessments are supported on-site by USA Baseball, which have helped establish an official identification and player assessment pathway to all 30 MLB Clubs for elite high school age baseball players in advance of the annual MLB Draft. These assessments include the following: Athletic Assessment, Sport Vision Screening, Swing Analysis and Ball Flight Analysis. Resulting data from the assessments will be compiled into an individualized report for each player, and will be used as a tool in the development and optimization of each individual player.

"We believe that States Play will be a fun display of the natural rivalry between these two baseball powerhouse states," said Tony Reagins, Executive Vice President of Baseball & Softball Development, Major League Baseball. "Ballplayers from Texas and California have a lot of hometown pride, and we are looking forward to seeing that emotion play out in Globe Life Park. Many of these players are already committed to outstanding collegiate programs, but we think that the instruction and time they spend with the former Major Leaguers serving as coaches will prove to be invaluable to their future development and success." 

"We are excited to launch the States Play program with representation from two of our nation's most talent-rich baseball states," said Rick Riccobono, USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer. "The creation of this event signifies our continued commitment to increasing our engagement in amateur programming. Together with MLB, we have never had more touchpoints to aspiring athletes within our game."
"The Texas Rangers are honored to host the first ever States Play Tournament at Globe Life Park in Arlington," said Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels. "Texas and California traditionally produce some of the best high school players in the country, and it will be a great opportunity for our fans to watch some very competitive baseball. It will also give these young players the chance to experience playing in a Major League ballpark."

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Rangers to begin countdown of games remaining at Globe Life Park in Arlington

Rangers Hall of Famer Rusty Greer to take part in 100-game countdown

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TONIGHT, Monday, August 13, when the club opens a six-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

At the end of the fifth inning of tonight, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will take part in a ceremony to unveil a sign on the left field upper suite level façade to indicate that 100 scheduled regular season games remain at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Arlington, Texas - The Texas Rangers will begin the countdown of remaining scheduled regular season games at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TONIGHT, Monday, August 13, when the club opens a six-game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:05 p.m.

At the end of the fifth inning of tonight, Rangers Hall of Fame outfielder Rusty Greer will take part in a ceremony to unveil a sign on the left field upper suite level façade to indicate that 100 scheduled regular season games remain at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The sign will be updated after the fifth inning of each remaining game at Globe Life Park in 2018 and 2019. Rangers' alumni, longtime season holders and employees, and other individuals associated with the history of Globe Life Park will take part in the sign unveilings.

Globe Life Park in Arlington opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in April 1994 and has been the site of 25 postseason games, including six World Series contests, and the 1995 All-Star Game. Entering tonight, the Rangers have played 1980 regular season games at Globe Life Park.

The official groundbreaking for Globe Life Field took place on September 28, 2017 with construction beginning the following week. The new 1.7 million square foot ballpark, which will be located on 13 acres just south of the current Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include a retractable roof for climate control and shelter for fans during the hot summer months. Seating capacity is approximately 40,000 for Globe Life Field, which will open in March 2020.

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Rangers activate of Delino DeShields from concussion list, option INF/OF Drew Robinson to Round Rock

DeShields is Rangers' starting centerfielder for today's series finale in New York

The Texas Rangers this morning announced that the club has activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the seven-day concussion list and optioned outfielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields is in the starting lineup as the centerfielder for today's series finale against the Yankees in New York. He was placed on the concussion list beginning on the evening of August 3. He has batted .208 with 2 home runs and 21 RBI over 81 games spanning two stints with the Rangers this season (Opening Day-July 23 and July 28-current). The club's Opening Day centerfielder, he was on the 10-day disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He leads the American League with 10 bunt hits and 9 sacrifice bunts (tied), also ranking tenth in the league with a team-high 18 stolen bases.

The Texas Rangers this morning announced that the club has activated outfielder Delino DeShields from the seven-day concussion list and optioned outfielder Drew Robinson to Triple-A Round Rock.

DeShields is in the starting lineup as the centerfielder for today's series finale against the Yankees in New York. He was placed on the concussion list beginning on the evening of August 3. He has batted .208 with 2 home runs and 21 RBI over 81 games spanning two stints with the Rangers this season (Opening Day-July 23 and July 28-current). The club's Opening Day centerfielder, he was on the 10-day disabled list from March 31-April 21 with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand. He leads the American League with 10 bunt hits and 9 sacrifice bunts (tied), also ranking tenth in the league with a team-high 18 stolen bases.

Robinson has batted .186 with one home run and 5 RBI in 32 games spanning two stints with the Rangers this season (Opening Day-May 20, August 4-11). 

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Rangers to host Diamondbacks & Angels during 6-game homestand, Aug. 13-19

Nomar Mazara Bobblehead, post-game concerts by Casey Donahew & MercyMe highlight homestand

The Texas Rangers return to Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, August 13, opening a six game homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels. 

A two-game set with the Diamondbacks kicks off the homestand. The two teams match up at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 14. 

The Texas Rangers return to Globe Life Park in Arlington on Monday, August 13, opening a six game homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels. 

A two-game set with the Diamondbacks kicks off the homestand. The two teams match up at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, August 13, and Tuesday, August 14. 

The Angels arrive Thursday, August 16, to open a four-game series that includes 7:05 p.m. contests Thursday, August 16; Friday, August 17; and Saturday, August 18. A 2:05 p.m. game Sunday, August 19, wraps up the homestand. 

Thursday marks another Military Appreciation Night, as the Rangers will honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard. Tickets for the game purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights will receive a limited edition, Coast Guard themed Rangers cap.  

Korean Heritage Night will be celebrated at Globe Life Park on Friday. Festivities will include a pre-game gift exchange with Myong H Pak, Vice President of the Korean Society of Dallas. And Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo will sign autographs at 5:00 p.m., exclusively for fans who purchase the Korean Heritage Theme Night ticket through texasrangers.com/themenights.  

T-Mobile Friday Fireworks with a Class Reunion 1978 theme will follow Friday's game.

On Saturday, the first 15,000 fans will receive a Coca-Cola/Walmart Nomar Mazara Bobblehead.

Saturday marks the conclusion of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment drive, as fans are encouraged to drop off new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, presented by Toyota. Equipment can be dropped off at all gates from 4:30 p.m. through 7:30 p.m.

The Rangers will honor educators from across north Texas for Teacher Appreciation Night on Saturday. All Region 10 & 11 district teachers of the year will be recognized on the field before the game. And tickets purchased through texasrangers.com/themenights will receive a special teacher appreciation t-shirt. 

After Saturday's contest, Casey Donahew will take the stage for a post-game concert presented by Budweiser. 

The concerts continue Sunday, when MercyMe, presented by Buckner International, will perform following the game.

For both concerts, admission is included with a ticket for that day's game. Field passes for closer access to the show are available at texasrangers.com/concerts.

Sunday also marks another Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday, with $1 ice cream for fans 13 and younger. 

Tickets can be purchased at texasrangers.com, by calling 972.RANGERS, and at the Globe Life Park in Arlington ticket office.

Game-by-game highlights of the homestand:
Monday, August 13 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   National Anthem performed by Lee Gant

Tuesday, August 14 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW  
•   First pitch by Rachel Renee Hornbuckle, Miss Arlington USA 2018
•   National Anthem performed by Devin Crandell

Thursday, August 16 vs. Los Angeles Angels -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW  
•   Coast Guard Appreciation Night
•   National Anthem performed by Jill Eng

Friday, August 17 vs. Los Angeles Angels -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- INF Benji Gil, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Pre-game presentation for Globe Life Rangers Grant Program recipients
•   Korean Heritage Night
•   First pitch by SangSu Lee, Consular Office of the Republic of Korea in Dallas
•   Korean Anthem performed by KwanKyun Joo
•   National Anthem performed by KwanKyun Joo
•   T-Mobile Friday Fireworks with a Class Reunion 1978 theme 

Saturday, August 18 vs. Los Angeles Angels -- 7:05 p.m. -- FSSW   
•   New Era Alumni Alley -- RHP Todd Van Poppel, 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
•   Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive, all gates, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
•   Coca-Cola/Walmart Nomar Mazara Bobblehead (first 15,000)
•   Teacher Appreciation Night
•   Casey Donahew Post-Game Concert, Presented by Budweiser 

Sunday, August 19 vs. Los Angeles Angels -- 2:05 p.m. -- FSSW Gates Open at 12:30 p.m.  
•   Blue Bell $1 Ice Cream Sunday (youngsters, 13 and younger)
•   National Anthem performed by MercyMe
•   MercyMe Post-Game Concert, Presented by Buckner International

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