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Texas gets prospect Bahr, 2 MLB pieces from SF

Rangers to send player to be named or cash to Giants; Jackson, Gearrin also in deal
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DETROIT -- The Rangers announced Sunday that they have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations.

General manager Jon Daniels made it clear that Bahr was the central target in the move. Bahr is being assigned to the Rangers' Class A Advanced affiliate Down East Wood Ducks.

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DETROIT -- The Rangers announced Sunday that they have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations.

General manager Jon Daniels made it clear that Bahr was the central target in the move. Bahr is being assigned to the Rangers' Class A Advanced affiliate Down East Wood Ducks.

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"Our primary motivation in the deal was acquiring Bahr," Daniels said. "He's a guy we look at as maybe a little bit of an undervalued prospect."

Daniels said Bahr's progression to this point would have made him tougher to trade for next season. Now in his second Minor League season as a starter, Bahr has a 2.83 ERA in 117 1/3 innings pitched. He has struck out 139 batters and walked 34.

"We look forward to him moving up in our system and being an option for us down the line," Daniels said.

The Rangers are camping at the bottom of the AL West and will continue to be the subject of trade speculation with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching. That's why a pitcher reporting to Class A Advanced was the centerpiece in a trade that involves two current Major Leaguers. The Rangers have essentially purchased a prospect, Daniels agreed, by taking on the salaries of Jackson and Gearrin.

"There is an element to that, for sure, where our willingness to take on a salary allowed us to acquire Bahr," Daniels said.

Daniels added that the Rangers have told Jackson that there isn't a lot of playing time waiting for him in the outfield. Jackson can play all three spots, so Daniels said the Rangers may decide to keep him as an extra glove, or they may try to flip him in a secondary trade. There is no set date for Jackson to report.

Jackson batted .242 with 13 RBIs in 59 games for the Giants this season. He made 35 starts in center field and one in right. The 31-year-old veteran has played in 1,058 games for six teams in nine Major League seasons.

Gearrin will join the Rangers on Monday in Boston for the start of a three-game series against the Red Sox.

"He fits well within our pen," Daniels said. "Especially with some of our injuries."

Gearrin made 35 relief appearances this season for the Giants, posting a 1-1 record and 4.20 ERA. The 32-year-old is especially effective against right-handed hitters, whom he's held to a .220 average in seven Major League seasons. He has allowed just 0.7 home runs per nine innings.

To make room for Jackson and Gearrin on the 40-man roster, the Rangers transferred pitchers Tony Barnette and Matt Bush from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. The Rangers will announce corresponding moves on the 25-man roster when players report.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Perez nearing return, to throw 'pen on Saturday

Lefty has been on DL since March 26; Pelham, Taveras picked for Futures Game
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DETROIT -- Manager Jeff Banister wouldn't commit to a timetable for the return of Martin Perez to the starting rotation, but both he and Perez sounded optimistic Friday before the Rangers' game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Perez made his third rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock, throwing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and striking out six. He threw 87 pitches and 58 strikes. Perez has a 0.52 ERA through those three starts.

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DETROIT -- Manager Jeff Banister wouldn't commit to a timetable for the return of Martin Perez to the starting rotation, but both he and Perez sounded optimistic Friday before the Rangers' game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

Perez made his third rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Round Rock, throwing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball and striking out six. He threw 87 pitches and 58 strikes. Perez has a 0.52 ERA through those three starts.

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"The report was that his stuff was good," Banister said. "It was sharp. The changeup played well for him. His sinker was there."

Perez has been on the disabled list since March 26, after experiencing a nerve issue as a side effect of offseason surgery to repair his fractured in his right (non-throwing) elbow.

Perez was in Detroit on Friday and told reporters that he was told it could take up to 12 months for his elbow to feel normal again.

"But now I feel good," Perez said. "It'll be sore for a couple days, but not painful how it was before. I don't feel that anymore."

As he goes through his normal throwing program, the next step for Perez will be throwing a bullpen session on Saturday.

"We need for him to be able to defend himself," Banister said. "The buildup has been good for him at this point."

Pelham, Traveras selected to Futures Game
Pitcher C.D. Pelham and outfielder Leody Taveras were selected to the All-Star Futures Game, which features the Minor Leagues' top prospects.

Banister had especially high praise for Pelham, a left-handed reliever, who was drafted by the Rangers in the 33rd round of the 2015 Draft.

"I'll tell you what, you can dream on him," Banister said. "The body, all of it. It works well."

The 6-foot-6 Pelham has spent most of this season pitching for the Rangers' Class A Advanced Down East Wood Ducks in the Carolina League, but was promoted in late June to Double-A Frisco. He has a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances between the two teams and is 11-for-11 in save opportunities.

Banister said he saw Pelham pitch in the spring and compared him to former Major League pitcher Dave Stewart.

"He didn't say a word," Banister said. "Just took the baseball and let loose."

Pelham, ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Rangers' No. 19 prospect, will be representing the U.S. Team.

• Top 30 Rangers prospects

Taveras, representing the World Team, is the top-ranked Rangers prospect. He has been playing this season with Down East, hitting .245 in 306 at-bats with 29 RBIs.

Video: Top Prospects: Leodys Taveras, OF, Rangers

MLB.com will live stream and MLB Network will exclusively televise the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 4 p.m. ET, with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Lauren Shehadi and Jim Callis calling the contest live from Nationals Park. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.

Gallo scratched with eye issue
Joey Gallo was scratched from the Rangers' lineup Thursday with a left eye contusion. Gallo collided with Delino DeShields in the outfield during batting practice before the game and had blurred vision, according to the Rangers. Ryan Rua made the start in left field.

Tyler Fenwick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Detroit.

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Rangers' int'l haul includes Acuna's brother

Texas reaches deal with Venezuelan catcher Rodriguez
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The Rangers have been a force on the global scene for decades and are once again making their mark as Monday's international signing period begins, coming to terms with one of the top catching prospects in the class and an infielder with one of the game's most familiar last names.

The Rangers have been a force on the global scene for decades and are once again making their mark as Monday's international signing period begins, coming to terms with one of the top catching prospects in the class and an infielder with one of the game's most familiar last names.

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According to industry sources, the Rangers have agreed to a $2 million deal with catcher Jose Rodriguez of Venezuela, ranked No. 21 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list and shortstop Luisangel Acuna, the younger brother of Atlanta phenom Ronald Acuna Jr., for $425,000.

The Rangers did not confirm the deals.

When considering Rodriguez, picture a young Brian McCann. Rodriguez could be the most advanced hitter from Venezuela in this year's class and he continues to improve on both sides of the ball. The teenager has all of the ingredients to become an average catcher in the future.

As for Acuna, he might end up at second base because of his size and overall skill set. He is best known for offense and he has the potential to be an average-or-better hitter. He could also develop into a decent runner with proper instruction. Luisangel's older brother, Ronald Jr., signed with the Braves in 2014 for $100,000, and their father, Ronald Acuna Sr., signed with the Mets for $15,000 in 1997.

Video: Top International Prospects: Jose Rodriguez, C

According to the rules established by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round B of the MLB Draft received a pool of $6,025,400, while clubs that received a Competitive Balance Pick in Round A of the Draft received $5,504,500. All other clubs, including the Rangers, received $4,983,500.

Teams are allowed to trade as much of their international pool money as they would like, but can only acquire 75 percent of a team's initial pool amount. Additionally, signing bonuses of $10,000 or less do not count toward a club's bonus pool, and foreign professional players who are at least 25 and have played in a foreign league for at least six seasons are also exempt.

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

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Mendez optioned following team rules violation

Bibens-Dirkx recalled, will start in place of Rangers' No. 7 prospect Wednesday
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KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.

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KANSAS CITY -- The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.

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The Rangers did not specify what Mendez did to warrant being disciplined, but it took place Monday night after their 6-3 victory over the Royals and did not happen at Kauffman Stadium. General manager Jon Daniels said Mendez's actions were not serious enough to involve either the police or Major League Baseball but could be addressed internally.

"Part of it is where we are in the development of the club and comes from holding a certain level of standards for veterans and young players alike," Daniels said. "Part of the development of young players is on the maturity side as well. That's kind of where this one falls."

Daniels said other players were involved at a certain level. He did not specify who the players were, but second baseman Rougned Odor was scratched from Tuesday's lineup. Odor was originally supposed to play second with Jurickson Profar starting at third. But Profar was moved to second and Isiah Kiner-Falefa started at third base, with Adrian Beltre at designated hitter.

"I felt like it was a situation with Kiner-Falefa playing third base and Profar at second," manager Jeff Banister said. "The rest of it … I don't have any further comment."

Joey Gallo was also not in the lineup, but Banister made it clear that Tuesday was a regularly scheduled day off for Gallo with nothing else to it.

Mendez was called up last Friday to start against the Rockies. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 7 prospect in the Rangers' farm system, and the plan was to give him an extended look in the Major League rotation. That was still the plan after he allowed six runs in three-plus innings against the Rockies.

Video: COL@TEX: Mendez freezes Arenado for first K of 2018

But the plan has been put on hold for now. The Rangers were disappointed that Mendez's postgame activities on Monday were not representative of a pitcher who should have been getting ready to start on Wednesday.

"There are steps for every player to take as far as commitment and focus," Banister said. "Both who you are as an individual player and being a team player is part of it. We all learn lessons and don't always get it right. It's part of the process. There are things that happen, but we need to continue to put the team first. There are standards we want to abide by. We want to make sure those standards are held in high regard. That doesn't mean mistakes won't be made."

The Rangers have not placed a timetable on Mendez's return. Daniels said they will have additional conversations with Mendez and put him on a program to follow.

The Rangers followed a similar plan with reliever Keone Kela at the beginning of last season. He clashed with teammates over a perceived lack of effort in a B game at the end of Spring Training, and he was unexpectedly optioned to Round Rock. Kela was there for the first 2 1/2 weeks of the season before being brought back to the big leagues after taking the necessary steps to rectify the situation.

McGuire dealt to Angels
• The Rangers traded pitcher Deck McGuire to the Angels for cash considerations after he was designated for assignment on Monday. He was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on Friday and he appeared in just one game at Round Rock.

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 clear way for Mendez, option Alberto

Texas signs 14 Draft picks, including three from first 10 rounds
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for pitcher Yohander Mendez, the team's No. 7 prospect who is scheduled to start Friday against the Rockies.

Alberto has been up twice with the Rangers this season and has played in five games. He is 1-for-11 at the plate. His departure leaves the Rangers with a three-man bench again, with utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, backup catcher Carlos Perez and reserve outfielder Carlos Tocci.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have optioned infielder Hanser Alberto to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for pitcher Yohander Mendez, the team's No. 7 prospect who is scheduled to start Friday against the Rockies.

Alberto has been up twice with the Rangers this season and has played in five games. He is 1-for-11 at the plate. His departure leaves the Rangers with a three-man bench again, with utility infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa, backup catcher Carlos Perez and reserve outfielder Carlos Tocci.

The Rangers are expected to get shortstop Elvis Andrus back off the disabled list either this weekend or possibly Monday at Kansas City. He is 1-for-10 in his first three rehab assignment games at Double-A Frisco and has been sidelined since April 11 with a fractured right elbow.

Rangers sign Draft picks

The Rangers have signed 14 more Draft picks, including three from their top 10: right-handed pitcher Sean Chandler from Iowa Western College (sixth round), right-handed pitcher Tim Brennan from St. Joseph's University (seventh) and Chandler Sanburn from Wichita State (ninth).

Also signed were right-handed pitcher Billy Layne Jr. from Seton Hall (11th round), shortstop Kenen Irizarry out of Aurea E. Quiles High in Puerto Rico (13th), catcher Scott Kapers from Valparaiso (17th), shortstop Frainyer Chavez from Midland College (22nd), outfielder Troy Dixon from Samford University (24th), right-handed pitcher David Lebron from the University of Tampa (26th), right-handed pitcher Glen Richardson from Sinclair (Ohio) College (29th), catcher Reynaldo Pichardo from Dawson (Mont.) College (33rd), right-handed pitcher Noah Burkholder from Waubonsee (Ill.) Community College (34th), shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson from Houston Baptist University (35th) and right-handed pitcher Cole Uvila from Geogia Gwinnett College (40th).

The Rangers have now signed 19 of 40 Draft picks and have assigned them to extended spring camp in Arizona.

The Rangers also signed three undrafted free agents: left-handed pitcher Braden Pearson from Texas State University, right-handed pitcher Zach Reeg from Augustana (Ill.) College and left-handed pitcher Erne Valdes from St. Thomas (Fla.) University. All three players have reported to Arizona.

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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Mendez to get extended look in rotation

Moore temporarily shifting to bullpen while working on delivery
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LOS ANGELES -- The Rangers are taking a hard look at their pitching rotation, assessing their options of both the present and the future.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez, who is ranked the Rangers' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will join the ballclub from Triple-A Round Rock and start Friday's series opener against the Rockies in Arlington, manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Rangers are taking a hard look at their pitching rotation, assessing their options of both the present and the future.

Left-hander Yohander Mendez, who is ranked the Rangers' No. 7 prospect by MLB Pipeline, will join the ballclub from Triple-A Round Rock and start Friday's series opener against the Rockies in Arlington, manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday.

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Veteran left-hander Matt Moore will be temporarily shifted to a bullpen role in a move Banister hopes will help Moore improve his performance, as well as adjust his delivery.

"This is not a move, in our opinion, that we're just putting him out there to stay," Banister said. "This is a move that we're putting him out there to see if we can get him back on track. See if this can work him up to get him back to where he's used to being."

Meanwhile, the Rangers don't plan on sending Mendez back down to the Minors immediately following his outing Friday. Banister said the Rangers will be taking an extended look at the southpaw, noting the recent loss of right-hander Doug Fister (right knee strain) to the 10-day disabled list as influencing the decision.

"It's going to be multiple starts," Banister said of Mendez's upcoming Major League stint. "He's going to have the opportunity to show us what he can do as a starter."

Mendez, 23, is 0-6 (5.26 ERA) in 10 starts for Triple-A Round Rock this season. He's been a September call-up for Texas each of the past two seasons, and featured with the Rangers earlier this season when he was called up on May 3. He tossed two-thirds of an inning in one relief appearance before being optioned back to Round Rock on May 13. In 10 career Major League appearances -- all in relief -- Mendez has posted a 0-1 record with a 7.31 ERA (13 earned runs across 16 innings).

Banister was adamant the decision to evaluate Mendez in the Majors was not a hint of the team's effort on the field. The Rangers entered Wednesday in last place of the American League West, trailing the first-place Mariners by 17 games.

"We're still in the business of winning baseball games," Banister said. "We're developing players, yes. It's about development, but it is the big leagues, and you still develop and still give yourself the opportunity to win baseball games."

With Mendez slated to start Friday and right-hander Mike Minor scheduled to start Saturday, the Rangers have their next two turns in their rotation decided. Banister said right-hander Bartolo Colon is expected to start Sunday, however the club has not officially announced him yet, in case another player fills in. Among other names in the mix to make the start are Minor League right-handers Yovani Gallardo, Austin Bibens-Dirkx and Ariel Jurado.

Andrus to return when he's ready

Shortstop Elvis Andrus went 1-for-4 during his rehab outing with Double-A Frisco on Tuesday night. Andrus, who landed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow olecranon fracture on May 2, served as a designated hitter during the outing after making his rehab debut Monday night at shortstop.

Andrus suffered his injury in April and did not need to undergo surgery. His recovery was expected to take around six to eight weeks, however Banister said Andrus will need to build his stamina back up prior to returning.

"The timetable is when he's physically ready to come back up," Banister said. "Part of his process is getting his legs back in shape to play and continuing to play games day in and day out."

Herrera out for year with torn right flexor tendon

Right-hander Ronald Herrera will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right flexor tendon, according to the Rangers. Herrera underwent a surgical procedure Wednesday.

The 23-year-old made two appearances, tossing three total innings of relief for the Rangers prior to being placed on the 60-day DL on March 21.

Rangers No. 3 prospect works out with Minor League club for first time

Outfielder Juan Pablo Martinez, the Rangers' No. 3 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was assigned to Class A Spokane on Wednesday, marking the first time the Cuban worked out with the club.

Martinez, 21, signed with the organization in March, receiving a $2.8 million signing bonus. He was MLB Pipeline International's No. 2 prospect in 2017.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Top Draft pick Winn signs with Rangers

Texas' top five choices, all prep stars, forgo college to ink with team
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ARLINGTON -- They are five young, talented high school players with a long road ahead of them. Each one turned down a scholarship from a major university to sign with the Rangers.

On Tuesday, the Rangers introduced pitchers Cole Winn, Owen White and Mason Englert, and shortstops Jonathan Ornelas and Jayce Easley as a big part of the franchise's future. They were the Rangers' top five picks in last week's MLB Draft, and the club was creative on the financial side to get deals done with all five.

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ARLINGTON -- They are five young, talented high school players with a long road ahead of them. Each one turned down a scholarship from a major university to sign with the Rangers.

On Tuesday, the Rangers introduced pitchers Cole Winn, Owen White and Mason Englert, and shortstops Jonathan Ornelas and Jayce Easley as a big part of the franchise's future. They were the Rangers' top five picks in last week's MLB Draft, and the club was creative on the financial side to get deals done with all five.

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"I remember sitting in [general manager Jon Daniels'] office the night before the Draft and he said, 'Give me your top six guys you want in this Draft,'" Rangers scouting director Kip Fagg said. "I wrote down the names. I did two lists of six guys and five of these guys were on both lists. That's not me, that's on the scouts, the work they did identifying these kids. Not just talented players, but what separates them is their makeup, their toughness, their work ethic and all the things that go into being great baseball players."

Video: Rangers have high hopes for 1st-round pick Winn

This group is going to be together for many years, first playing with each other up through the Rangers' farm system, and hopefully at some point on the same field in Arlington.

"Baseball is part of a brotherhood, and we've all come together and bonded the past couple of days." White said. "They definitely put the weight on our shoulders to be up here in the next [few] years. I definitely think we have the ability to be up here. I'm excited as can be. The great bond that we've built … I think we are in great situation."

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Next stop for the five is Surprise, Ariz., where they will begin working out in the Rangers' extended spring program. Their first team will likely be the Arizona Rookie League Rangers, although the club will take it slowly with its young pitchers.

"We'll get them to Arizona and evaluate that," Fagg said. "They'll probably be on a specific plan because of the innings. We'll leave that up to the development group, but we'll have a plan for all of them."

Winn was the Rangers' top Draft pick, and he helped other deals to get done. He agreed to a signing bonus of $3.15 million, which was well below his $3,738,500 slot value for the 15th overall pick. Winn, who was 8-2 with a 0.20 ERA at Orange (Calif.) Lutheran High School, walked away from a scholarship at TCU.

"Just talking to my family and friends, the position I was put in, I was fortunate enough to be drafted by the Rangers," Winn said. "I'm ready to start my pro career. I feel like I have been ready and planned for this my senior year. It was hard turning down college, but I feel blessed to be in this position."

White, taken in the second round, was 10-1 with 0.22 ERA at China Grove (N.C.) Jesse Carson High School and was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. He had committed to South Carolina, but agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus, higher than the designated $1,257,500 slot value for the 55th overall pick.

Video: Draft 2018: Rangers draft RHP Owen White No. 55

Ornelas played at Raymond Kellis High School in Glendale (Ariz.), not far from the Rangers training facility in Surprise. He hit .464 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 29 games and had a chance to play at Tennessee. He agreed to a signing bonus of $622,800, which was right at his slot.

"College is a good decision to make, but for the most part we were all ready," Ornelas said. "We know the Texas Rangers are a great organization, and they're going to take care of us. The fact we got [drafted] by an amazing organization was a factor."

Video: Draft 2018: Rangers draft SS Jonathan Ornelas No. 91

The Rangers went extra to get Englert, who is from Forney, Texas, an hour east of Dallas. He received a $1 million signing bonus to turn down a scholarship to Texas A&M. That was well higher than his $464,700 slot value in the fourth round, but the Rangers think he could end up being a premium pitching prospect.

Englert was 14-2 with a 0.57 ERA and set a Texas High School record with a 55 1/3 scoreless-innings streak. He broke the record of 55 held by Texas high school legend and former Rangers No. 1 pick David Clyde.

Video: Draft Report: Mason Englert, High School pitcher

"I don't think it's more pressure. It makes it more exciting for me," Englert said, about being drafted by his hometown team. "I think it's a really cool opportunity to play for where I am from. It's a special thing wearing Texas across my chest, because that's the team I've always looked up to."

Easley was the fifth-round pick who agreed to a $500,000 signing bonus that exceeded the slot value of $347,100. He played at Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, and hit .400 with eight doubles, four triples, one home run and 31 RBIs in 29 games. Easley, who had committed to Oregon State, is the son of former Major League infielder Damion Easley.

Video: Draft 2018: Rangers draft SS Jayce Easley No. 149

"He was huge," Jayce Easley said, of his father. "Ever since I was a little kid he has always been teaching me the game and how to play the game. I can't thank him enough for everything he has taught me."

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 draft HS righties Winn, White on Day 1

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ARLINGTON -- Right-handed pitcher Cole Winn went from being the Colorado High School Pitcher of the Year in 2017 to the Gatorade California High School Player of the Year this season.

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ARLINGTON -- Right-handed pitcher Cole Winn went from being the Colorado High School Pitcher of the Year in 2017 to the Gatorade California High School Player of the Year this season.

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Now he is headed to Texas, although he isn't saying whether it will be to sign with the Rangers as the 15th overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft or to honor his commitment to pitch at Texas Christian University.

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"Right now, I am trying to soak it all in and have fun with my family and friends," Winn said Monday night.

The Rangers expect to sign him.

"We wouldn't have taken him if we didn't think we could sign him," Rangers scouting director Kip Fagg said.

With their second-round pick (55th overall), the Rangers took right-handed pitcher Owen White from Jesse C. Carson High School in China Grove, N.C., just outside Charlotte. He has a college commitment to South Carolina and was the No. 59 Draft prospect by MLB.com. The Rangers have taken high school players with their top two picks in four of their last five years.

"You want guys who are athetic, good feel and throws strikes," Fagg said. "These are two guys we identified early in the spring. We're excited to get both in a Texas Rangers uniform."

The Rangers did not expect Winn to be available with the 15th overall pick. But Fagg said the latest trend of clubs pursuing offensive players high in the Draft left some attractive pitchers available to be taken.

"The genre that falls is right-handed high school pitching," Fagg said. "We are not deterred by that. The three or four times I saw this guy, I thought there was no chance he would get down to the 15th pick. The whole [Rangers Draft room] was ecstatic. We did a lot of work on Cole. Exceptional young man with an exceptional family."

Video: Rangers have high hopes for 1st-round pick Winn

The Rangers have a potential slot bonus of $3,738,500 waiting if Winn is ready to start his professional career now. He is a 6-foot-2 senior at Orange Lutheran (Ca.) High School who was 8-2 with a 0.20 ERA this season and was ranked as the No. 9 Draft prospect by MLB.com. Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole also pitched at Orange Lutheran, which won the USA Baseball National High School Invitational in March for the second straight year.

Winn was 9-0 with a 0.73 ERA as a junior at Silver Creek (Colo.) Longmont High School. His father, Randy, has a data marketing business, and 80-90 percent of his clients are in Southern California. So his father made the suggestion that moving to California for Winn's senior year might be the best for his son. Winn agreed, and pitching for one of the top high school baseball programs in talent-rich Southern California helped improve his draft status.

"I was ready for a new experience and to be around a little better baseball," Winn said. "The league we were in was one of the best in the country and the way I competed, I was very proud of myself."

Video: Draft 2018: Winn on being 15th overall pick

Winn did so with a fastball that is clocked at 93-96 mph with a sharp slider and curveball. His goal is to develop a changeup to complete his pitch mix.

"What I do best is throw strikes and pound the strike zone," Winn said. "I try to eliminate the walks and throw as many strikes as possible."

The Rangers like hearing that. Steve Flores, the Rangers' Southern California scout who has been with the organization for 15 years, did much of the homework on Winn.

"I like the history of the [Rangers] and the pitchers that have come through there," Winn said. "I'm really excited to be a part of it."

White was the Gatorade North Carolina High School Player of the Year, going 10-1 with a 0.22 ERA at Carson High. The 6-foot-3 righty has a similar repertoire to Winn, with a fastball at 93-95 mph and a plus slider. He also throws a curve and changeup. White was a quarterback and a shooting guard in high school, but gave up football and basketball to concentrate on baseball.

Video: Draft 2018: Rangers draft RHP Owen White No. 55

"I always felt there was something special in my right arm," White said. "I pound the zone, I have multiple pitches and I'm able to compete on the mound."

White's scholarship to South Carolina also comes with the opportunity to play in the infield and be a two-way player. But he seems intent on signing with the Rangers.

"It has always been my dream to play professional baseball with any organization," White said. "We haven't discussed money or anything, but I am excited about Texas."

The Draft continues on Tuesday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 11:30 a.m. CT, with exclusive coverage beginning at noon.

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 shopping for pitching depth in '18 Draft

Texas likely to restock system with arms, infielders
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have the 15th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. After the compensation and the Competitive Balance picks, the Rangers' second-round pick will be the 55th overall.

The 2018 Draft begins tonight with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will have the 15th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. After the compensation and the Competitive Balance picks, the Rangers' second-round pick will be the 55th overall.

The 2018 Draft begins tonight with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

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:: 2018 Draft coverage ::

Go to MLB.com/draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Here's how the Draft is shaping up for the Rangers, beginning with the 15th overall pick.

In about 50 words
The Rangers have been trying to restock their farm system after multiple trades during the postseason years of 2015 and 2016. Their pitching depth has also been hit hard by injuries, so that needs to be addressed, but the Rangers' philosophy has been to take the best player available.

The scoop
The Rangers have shown an affinity lately for high school players. In the past two Drafts and in 2014, their top three picks were from the high school ranks. Scouting director Kip Fagg said that's just the way it fell those years. They like power arms and athletic players who fit in the middle of the diamond. The Rangers also work hard on character and makeup, pushing their scouts to establish a close relationship with potential Draft picks. Fagg is in his 27th year with the Rangers, but has begun incorporating up-to-date tools, including video and analytics, to the club's scouting operations.

First-round buzz
Callis has the Rangers taking right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart of Eau Gallie Melbourne (Fla.) High School. He is a power arm with a fastball that hits 98 miles per hour. Two other high school pitchers identified by Callis as attractive to the Rangers are Cole Winn of Orange (Calif.) Lutheran and left-hander Ryan Weathers of Loretto (Tenn.) High School.

Video: Mayo breaks down Top 200 Draft prospects

Money matters
The Rangers' first-round pick has an assigned value of $3,738,500 and their bonus pool for the first 10 rounds is $7,356,000.

Each pick in the first 10 rounds of the Draft has an assigned value, and the total for each of a club's selections equals what it can spend in those rounds without incurring a penalty. Any bonus money above $125,000 given to an individual player picked in rounds 11-40 also counts against a team's allotment.

Shopping list
The Rangers always want pitching -- but who doesn't? The Rangers are a little thin at third base and shortstop in their farm system, while center field is a strength. But Fagg said that if the best player available is a center fielder, then that's who the Rangers will take.

• Rangers Top 30 prospects

Trend watch
Fagg said the top college hitters have become a prized commodity in the last few years, although it's unlikely that Wichita State third baseman Alec Brohm, Oregon State second baseman Nick Madrigal, Florida third baseman Jonathan India and South Alabama outfielder Travis Swaggarty will fall to the Rangers. The Rangers also like players from Texas. The best appears to be right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez from Central Heights (Nacogdoches) High.

Rising fast
Right-handed pitcher Tyler Phillips is starting to make an impression at Class A Hickory. He has not allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 innings over his last three starts. He struck out 18 and walked just two in that stretch.

Cinderella story
The Rangers took 6-foot-6 left-hander C.D. Pelham in the 33rd round of the 2015 Draft. He had trouble throwing strikes at Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) Junior College, but the Rangers took him for his size and arm strength. In 15 games as a reliever for Class A Advanced Down East, he has a 1.83 ERA and 1.37 WHIP.

In The Show
he Rangers have seven players on their 40-man roster who were originally drafted by them and have played in the Majors: Keone Kela (2012, 12th round), Alex Claudio (2010, 27th round), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (2013, 4th round), Joey Gallo (2012, 1st round), Ryan Rua (2011, 17th round), Nick Gardewine (2013, 7th round) and Drew Robinson (2010, 4th round).

Video: NYY@TEX: Kela fans the side to lock down the save

The Rangers' recent top picks
2017:
Bubba Thompson, OF, Class A Hickory
2016: Cole Ragans, LHP, injured
2015: Dillon Tate, RHP, Yankees' Minor League system
2014: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Brewers' Minor League system
2013: Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP, injured

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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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 recall Mendez, option Gardewine

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have called up rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez and optioned right-hander Nick Gardewine to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers made the move on Thursday after Gardewine was needed for two innings and 34 pitches in Texas' 12-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Mendez was being used as a starter at Round Rock, but the Rangers needed somebody in the bullpen who could pitch multiple innings if needed.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have called up rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez and optioned right-hander Nick Gardewine to Triple-A Round Rock.

The Rangers made the move on Thursday after Gardewine was needed for two innings and 34 pitches in Texas' 12-4 loss to the Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Mendez was being used as a starter at Round Rock, but the Rangers needed somebody in the bullpen who could pitch multiple innings if needed.

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"After using Gardewine yesterday, we felt like we needed some length," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said.

Mendez, who is ranked the Rangers' No. 7 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA in five starts at Round Rock. He last pitched on Saturday, allowing five runs on five hits and six walks over 3 1/3 innings. In his previous outing, he allowed just one run on five hits in six innings, did not walk a batter and struck out five.

Mendez has a plus changeup and an improved breaking ball, but the Rangers are still trying to get him to hone his fastball command. That remains the biggest issue in his development.

"I've made an adjustment in my mechanics," Mendez said. "I used to be too quick, but now I have a little slower pace and it has been better."

Beltre, Odor progress

Infielders Rougned Odor and Adrian Beltre were on the field early Thursday afternoon to take ground balls and batting practice. Both are on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring and Odor is farther along than Beltre.

Banister said Odor could be close to going on a medical rehab assignment either this weekend or early next week.

"We'll see how he recovers from this," Banister said.

Odor went on the disabled list April 10 while Beltre has been down since April 25. He has only begun light jogging on his leg and is still going to be out for an extended period of time.

"He is progressing," Banister said. "For him to do some light jogging, take ground balls and take batting practice is a good sign."

Rangers beat

• Reliever Chris Martin, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with tightness in his right forearm, said he is hoping to start throwing again on Friday. He felt the tightness during Monday's outing against the Indians when he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning.

"There's no pain, we're just being cautious," Martin said. "I tried to get through it knowing the situation we are in, but it got to the point where I couldn't pitch, so what good was I doing?"

• Reliever Jake Diekman said he should be good to go after getting hit in the back by a line drive off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion in the eighth inning on Tuesday. The shot caught Diekman more in the triceps than the back. He threw out Encarnacion at first, walked one more batter and then came out of the game.

Video: TEX@CLE: Diekman stays in after getting hit by liner

"It was 112 miles per hour [coming off the bat], not a pretty sight," Banister said.

• Left-handed hitters Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo started against left-hander David Price on Thursday but Ronald Guzman did not. Guzman has just three at-bats against left-handed pitching since being called up on April 13. Banister said the Rangers are easing Guzman into left-handers just as they did with Mazara and Gallo early in their careers.

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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Cuban prospect Martinez, Rangers make it official

Touted young outfielder will head to Dominican Summer League club
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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced the signing of Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez, and they are planning to start him off with the club's Dominican Summer League team.

Martinez agreed to sign with the Rangers on March 6, but there was much legal and medical work needed to be done before the signing was official. He has been working out at the team's academy in Santo Domingo.

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced the signing of Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez, and they are planning to start him off with the club's Dominican Summer League team.

Martinez agreed to sign with the Rangers on March 6, but there was much legal and medical work needed to be done before the signing was official. He has been working out at the team's academy in Santo Domingo.

Rangers assistant general manager Mike Daly said Martinez has not had a real Spring Training, so they want to start him off slow in the Dominican Summer League. Given his track record at the highest levels of Cuban baseball, Martinez could move quickly once he is established.

"We'll make a decision later where he will go from there," Daly said. "Our expectation is he will play somewhere in the United States in 2018."

In Martinez, Texas has acquired an elite prospect -- a center fielder with speed, aggressiveness and power -- who was coveted by a number of Major League teams. The Rangers turned their attention to Martinez after missing out on Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani in December.

Daly said it took the entire organization to get the deal done, from the scouts who first watched Martinez to the front office and ownership. The Rangers had to make multiple trades for international bonus pool money to have the resources to be competitive in the pursuit of Martinez.

"We spent a lot of time getting around him, getting to know him and learning about him as a person," Daly said. "We were engaged with him on a daily basis. It's a great day for the organization to bring in a player like Julio Pablo Martinez."

Martinez said it is his goal to be in the Major Leagues within three years.

"Since I was a small boy, I have always dreamed of being a professional baseball player and playing for a Major League organization," Martinez said in a conference call. "I am very happy for the opportunity, and I am very happy the Rangers have given me this opportunity. And I am happy to play in a city that is warm like I am used to. I'm very excited for the opportunity to get started and chase my dream."

Martinez, 22, has spent the past two seasons in the independent Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League), first with a traveling Cuban national team in 2016, and then with Trois-Rivieres last season. With Trois-Rivieres, Martinez batted .297 with seven home runs and 20 stolen bases in 57 games.

Martinez began in Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2012, the highest league in the country. He joined Jose Abreu, Aledmys Diaz and Jose Iglesias as the only Cuban-born players in Major League Baseball to debut in Cuba at age 16.

Martinez appeared in nearly 300 games during his five seasons in the league, compiling a .293/.393/.430 slash line. In his final season in 2016-17 with Guantanamo and Camaguey, Martinez combined to bat .333/.469/.498 with six home runs and 24 stolen bases in 61 games. Martinez also had 52 walks with just 30 strikeouts during the season.

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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Guzman's single caps Rangers' rally in 10th

Rookie hits tying HR in 8th to help club snap its 5-game skid
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HOUSTON -- An impressive comeback and heart-throbbing victory for the Rangers came to an end with first baseman Ronald Guzman fielding Josh Reddick's ground ball and jogging to first base for the final out.

That was an appropriate way to close out both a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over the Astros and a magical afternoon for the newly arrived rookie, who hit the tying home run in the eighth and the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th.

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HOUSTON -- An impressive comeback and heart-throbbing victory for the Rangers came to an end with first baseman Ronald Guzman fielding Josh Reddick's ground ball and jogging to first base for the final out.

That was an appropriate way to close out both a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over the Astros and a magical afternoon for the newly arrived rookie, who hit the tying home run in the eighth and the go-ahead RBI single in the 10th.

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"This has been the best week of my life," Guzman said. "I love it. I am really enjoying myself."

Video: TEX@HOU: Guzman talks about his clutch performance

The entire Rangers clubhouse was loving it on Saturday afternoon after coming back from being down five runs to snap a five-game losing streak. It has been a long week with the losing skid and the injuries to Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus.

But they were finally able to celebrate with their first comeback victory of the season. They were 0-10 in games when the other team scored first prior to Saturday's win.

"Huge win," manager Jeff Banister said. "How we won, it is something we haven't done. An all-around win, that's the most important part. It took everybody in the dugout to win this game. We were down and never gave in. We like to think that is in our DNA, but it can go a long way for our confidence, especially these young guys."

The Rangers' rally came against a pitching staff that began the day leading the American League with a 2.53 ERA. The bullpen had an AL-leading 2.05 ERA before letting this one get away.

"We are certainly not used to that," manager AJ Hinch said.

The Rangers' bullpen was outstanding. The Astros scored five in the fourth off starter Mike Minor and he was out after five. But five relievers -- Tony Barnette, Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Chris Martin and Alex Claudio -- combined for five scoreless innings to make the comeback possible.

Video: TEX@HOU: Claudio induces ground out get the save

"We needed it," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "We have been struggling trying to find a way to win and haven't been playing well. To beat a really good team with good pitching, maybe that will get us out of our funk and get us going."

The home runs brought the Rangers back. Astros starter Charlie Morton took a shutout into the sixth, but rookie infielder Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with his first Major League home run. Beltre went deep with his 463rd career home run in the seventh. That allowed him to pass Jose Canseco and Adam Dunn, and move into a tie with Miguel Cabrera for 35th all-time.

It also made it 5-2, and the Rangers pulled even in the eighth on a two-run home run by Joey Gallo and tying jack by Guzman off Astros reliever Brad Peacock.

Video: TEX@HOU: Gallo belts a two-run homer off the pole

The Rangers' winning rally started with Jurickson Profar drawing a one-out walk against Will Harris. Gallo, going the other way on a 1-2 pitch, doubled to left to put runners on second and third. An intentional walk to Beltre loaded the bases.

That brought up Guzman, and he smashed one up the middle that deflected off Harris' glove and out to no-man's land on the left side of the diamond. It went for an infield single that gave the Rangers their first lead and ultimately the win.

"They challenged me," said Guzman, ranked as the club's No. 8 prospect by MLB Pipeline. "I was just trying to do my best to hit the ball hard and make something happen."

Video: TEX@HOU: Banister on victory in Houston in extras

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
The Rangers' bullpen put up five scoreless innings to make the comeback possible, but the Astros threatened in the 10th after singles by Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve opened the inning against Martin. Carlos Correa followed a check-swing roller toward the mound and Martin pounced on it, firing to third for the force.

"That was a little bit of a sigh of relief, knowing I was still a ground ball away from getting out of the inning," Martin said.

Video: TEX@HOU: Martin gets Correa to ground into forceout

Yuli Gurriel then hit a line drive to Beltre for the second out, although he dropped the ball taking it out of his glove. Otherwise, Beltre might have had a chance to double off Altuve at second. But Claudio took over and retired Reddick on a grounder to Guzman to end the game.

"We had a good chance and had some at-bats, and we just couldn't push the right one across at the very end," Hinch said. "Obviously, at that point in our order, we feel really good. You get a couple of guys on base and no outs and put some pressure on them, but they made the pitches and got out of it."

SOUND SMART
The last two Rangers to hit their first home run in the same game were Laynce Nix and Jason Jones on July 24, 2003, against the Angels.

HE SAID IT
"I'm just having fun. All I am doing is looking up in the stands and seeing all these people, and soaking it all up and enjoying it. It's good. The music is loud, the fans are loud. It's a great experience that gets me going." -- Kiner-Falefa, who has been with the Rangers for a week

Video: TEX@HOU: Kiner-Falefa belts a solo homer in the 5th

UP NEXT
The Rangers will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day with right-hander Bartolo Colon pitching against the Astros at 7:08 p.m. CT on Sunday on ESPN. Colon, who will be facing Justin Verlander in a battle of former Cy Young Award winners, will be making his first start since April 2, when he allowed one run in six innings against the Athletics.

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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