Astros pitching prospects combine to excel

February 25, 2018

It’s good to see familiar faces return to the field after a long, slow offseason. But it’s thrilling to watch top prospects show intensity this early in the spring. On the second full day of Spring Training, all eyes were on two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, in his pitching debut against the Brewers. The much-anticipated outing featured electric talent and potential for growth. It’s…

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Blackburn impresses in Rangers' spring opener

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — Who said Spring Training games don’t mean anything? For Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Saturday was a chance for his team to wear the baseball caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball team and share in a pregame moment of silence to honor the victims of the Feb. 14 shooting. MESA, Ariz. — Who said Spring Training games don’t mean anything? For Rangers manager Jeff Banister,…

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Rangers' left-field job up for grabs

February 24, 2018

MESA, Ariz. — Drew Robinson started in left field for the Rangers in their Cactus League opener against the Cubs on Saturday. Willie Calhoun made the trip to the other side of Phoenix, too, but as a late-game replacement for Robinson. The arrangement is a reminder that the Rangers’ left-field job is still unsettled. Calhoun may be the favorite, but he still has to come to Arizona and win the…

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Kemp keeps positive attitude in battle for roster

February 24, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tony Kemp got married in Jamaica in the offseason and purchased his first house in Nashville, Tenn. He watched Game 7 of the World Series nervously from his in-laws’ house, cheering for his teammates and refusing to draw an easy breath until the final out was made. As good as life has been for Kemp in the last few months, a spot on the Astros’…

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Glove Day brings new leather for Profar

February 23, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Infielder Jurickson Profar received a new glove when the Wilson SUV rolled into camp on Thursday. It was so he can play third base if needed. SURPRISE, Ariz. — Infielder Jurickson Profar received a new glove when the Wilson SUV rolled into camp on Thursday. It was so he can play third base if needed. Rangers Spring Training: Info | Tickets | Schedule “I have one that…

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Chirinos ready for busy camp as No. 1 catcher

February 23, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Robinson Chirinos has worked his way back to being the Rangers’ No. 1 catcher. Now he has a bigger job. Chirinos needs to take command of Texas’ pitching staff, earn the trust of his pitchers and forge a working relationship that will help them get through games. Catchers can impact games with their offense and defense, but pitch-calling and the pitcher-catcher relationships take priority. SURPRISE, Ariz. —…

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Armenteros brings heat in spring opener

February 23, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — His reputation of being a strikeout machine showed early for Astros prospect Rogelio Armenteros when he struck out the first two batters he faced in Friday’s 3-2 win over the Nationals in the Grapefruit League opener at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. That set the tone for a crisp two-inning outing for Armenteros, who allowed one walk and struck out three batters without allowing a…

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MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

February 19, 2018

Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season. After consulting with the MLB Players Association and all 30 clubs, MLB announced its slate of rules changes, among them a limit on mound visits per game. Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner…

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Beltre reports to camp, details urge to win

February 19, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Third baseman Adrian Beltre went right to the point when asked about the Rangers’ offseason moves on Monday. “There are still a lot of free agents out there that haven’t signed,” Beltre said. “A lot of free agents out there … too many.” SURPRISE, Ariz. — Third baseman Adrian Beltre went right to the point when asked about the Rangers’ offseason moves on Monday. “There are still…

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Profar confident in ability entering camp

February 16, 2018

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has never lacked for confidence, and nothing that has happened over the past four years is going to change that. “I’m confident I am going to be good,” Profar said. “I can put everything together and be the player I want to be.” SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar has never lacked for confidence, and nothing that has happened over the past…

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