Cuthbert takes Darvish over the wall in center (0:23)

Lineup: Rangers (55-41) at Royals (47-47)

  • 1. Delino DeShields, LF (R)
  • 2. Jurickson Profar, DH (S)
  • 3. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
  • 4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (R)
  • 5. Rougned Odor, 2B (L)
  • 6. Ryan Rua, 1B (R)
  • 7. Elvis Andrus, SS (R)
  • 8. Nomar Mazara, RF (L)
  • 9. Bobby Wilson, C (R)
  • SP: Yu Darvish, RHP
  • Daily notes

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Mailbag: Unhappiness from the under-hyped

Pac-12 reporter Ted Miller says Washington State and Utah are the league's sleeper teams and explains his fourth-place ranking of the Cougars.

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Ezekiel Elliott, novato sensación de los Cowboys, acusado de violencia doméstica

El equipo ha rechazado comentar sobre el incidente, pero de acuerdo a una fuente, la organización confía en que es inocente. Leer

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Tech issues statement on Houston's Big 12 candidacy: "As the Big 12 evaluates its options for expansion, Texas Tech welcomes the consideration of the University of Houston. We have always valued our partnerships with UH." - Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech's incoming president

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Anderson on allegation against Ezekiel Elliott

ESPN NFL Insider Josina Anderson discusses the domestic assault allegation against Ezekiel Elliott, Le'Veon Bell's potential suspension, the Steelers' leadership and Dennis Green's death.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs would have to move some salary to be in the market for a max-contract player next summer if Dirk Nowitzki returns for the second season of his contract. Dallas has $61.1 million in salary committed to players for the 2017-18 season, assuming promising 2015 first-round pick Justin Anderson's $1.6 million option is picked up. That would leave less than $16 million in space under the projected cap of $102 million if Nowitzki returns to play his 20th season for a $25 million salary. ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the second season of Nowitzki's two-year, $50 million deal features a $5 million team option in case the face of the franchise opts to retire.

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Rangers' deadline status: buyers

The Rangers' focus is on both starting and relief pitching, and they've been heavily involved in talks with the Rays, Jim Bowden writes. However, a deal might not get done unless Texas is willing to part with Jurickson Profar or Joey Gallo. Trade deadline objectives (Insider)

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Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Some political context to consider as Texas leadership offers its support for Houston's Big 12 bid: UT System Chancellor William McRaven has been pursuing expansion into Houston with ambitious and controversial plans for a research center. The UT System is planning to spend $450 million over 30 years for the research center's 300 acres of land. UH regents are not happy with that plan, fearing it's an invasion of their territory. Might they be appeased by UT backing their Big 12 hopes?

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Oklahoma president David Boren issues statement to ESPN on Texas president Greg Fenves publicly supporting Houston's Big 12 expansion candidacy: "As Chairman of the Big 12 Conference, it is not appropriate for me to comment on the prospects of any individual university."

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has echoed the state's Gov. and is demanding Houston be invited to the Big 12: