Rangers announce 2016 schedule

The Rangers will open the 2016 season at home, hosting the Mariners on Monday April 4. A three-game series with the Mariners begins the 2016 season for the Rangers according to the schedule that was released by Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

In Interleague Play, the Rangers will have two-game home and home series with the Reds and Rockies. The Rangers will also host the Brewers (Sept. 26-28) and Pirates (May 27-29) for three-game series while traveling to play the Cubs (July 15-17) and Cardinals (June 17-19).

The Yankees will be in Arlington on April 25-27 while the Red Sox visit on June 24-26. The Rangers will be in Boston on the Fourth of July.

With 15 teams in each league, interleague play will take place throughout the entire regular season for the fourth straight year. Clubs will again play 19 games against division opponents (76 total games) and either six or seven contests vs. nondivisional league opponents in home and home series (66 total games). Each club will also play 20 interleague games, ten at home and ten on the road.

The Rangers will play 19 times each against A.L. West Division opponents Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle.

This will mark the 25th time in 45 seasons that the Rangers have opened at home, the sixth in the last eight years. It will be the third time on which the Rangers have opened with the Mariners, winning at the Kingdome in 1992 and losing at Safeco Field in 2008.

Josh Hamilton coming Tuesday…so is Joey Gallo

SAN DIEGO – The Rangers are planning to activate outfielder Josh Hamilton off the disabled list when rosters are expanded on Tuesday.

Catcher Carlos Corporan is also being activated off the disabled list. The Rangers are also calling up four players: third baseman Joey Gallo, outfielder Drew Stubbs and pitchers Luke Jackson and Ross Ohlendorf.

Tuesday is the first day that rosters can be expanded to up to 40 players. The Rangers may call up other players later in the month as needed or once Triple A Round Rock is done with Pacific Coast League playoffs.

Hamilton has not played since Aug. 15 because of a sore left knee. It’s unlikely that Hamilton will be ready to play left field but he could be used as a pinch-hitter.

Corporan has been sidelined since July 13 with a bruised left thumb and will likely be used as the Rangers third catcher behind Chris Gimenez and Bobby Wilson.

This will be Gallo’s second time with the Rangers. He was with them in June and hit .218 with five home runs, 13 RBI and a .448 slugging percentage in 25 games. Since then he has played in 53 games at Triple A Round Rock and hit .195 with 14 home runs, 32 RBI, a .450 slugging percentage and 90 strikeouts in 200 at-bats.

Reviewing the review…umpires were right

That neighborhood play on Friday night?

Somebody got it right. If you look at the review, Mariners shortstop Ketel Marte made the play with every intent of trying to turn a double play. He didn’t throw to first because he saw he had no chance. But that appeared to be his intent as he took the throw and his foot came off the bag.

That should constitute a neighborhood play. The call should have stood as it did.

Napoli coming back… Why?

The Rangers are getting Mike Napoli back from the Red Sox.

Not sure why they are getting Napoli but an announcement is expected tonight.

The Rangers could use catching help but Napoli hasn’t caught since 2012.

He can play first base. Mitch Moreland plays first base.

He is a right-handed bat. He has more experience than Ryan Strausborger and Ryan Rua but can’t play their positions.

He is hitting .229 against left-handed pitching. He is hitting .267 with a .533 slugging percentage so he has been swinging the bat better.

He is a winner. He is experienced. He has been productive in the past. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers fit him in.

Rangers recall Bass and Jackson

The Rangers announced Thursday they are recalling right-handers Anthony Bass and Luke Jackson for Friday’s game against the Mariners.
They have optioned Alex Claudio and Phil Klein to Triple-A Round Rock.

Ohlendorf signs Minor League contract

Right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has signed a Minor league contract with the Rangers organization and was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday.

Ohlendorf was designated for assignment July 27. He was 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA over 7 2/3 innings with the Rangers this season before he strained a right groin muscle in June.

Rangers option Leonys Martin

The Rangers announced Tuesday they have optioned center fielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock. They also purchased the contract of Round Rock outfielder Ryan Strausborger.

Martin, once the Rangers’ everyday center fielder, has hit .220 with five home runs and 25 RBIs this season.

Strausborger hit .278 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs in 86 games in Triple-A. He also has 27 steals, third-most in the Pacific Coast League. He gives the Rangers a needed right-handed bat, and he hit .306 against left-handed pitchers with Round Rock.

The Rangers also placed left-handed pitcher Wandy Rodriguez on unconditional release waivers. Rodriguez was designated for assignment on July 29.


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