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29-21, 1st in AL West

Rangers jump to No. 8 in rankings

Texas earned a four-spot climb in this week's set of Power Rankings, according to ESPN's expert panel. The return of Yu Darvish should provide a boost to the Rangers' pitching staff. Week 8 Power Rankings

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Sunday's longest homers

Carlos Gonzalez had only one previous RBI during May before his two-run, 447-foot blast in the eighth inning. Mitch Moreland's 440-foot long ball landed halfway up the right-field Home Run Porch at Globe Life Park.

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Cubs rule the Week 8 Power Rankings (1:38)

Who will Rangers take at No. 30?

In his latest mock draft, Keith Law now believes Texas will select Vanderbilt OF Bryan Reynolds with the No. 30 pick. The Rangers have also shown interest in high-risk, high-reward high school players. Law: Mock draft 2.0 (Insider)

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Moreland obliterates fastball into upper deck (0:23)

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Moreland had one homer in the first 27 days of May. Now, he has two in the last two games. Moreland's three-run blast to the upper deck in RF gives Texas a 4-2 lead over Pittsburgh after four innings.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Prince Fielder hits his first homer since April 19, ending the longest drought of his career - 34 games and 131 at-bats.

Lineup: Rangers (28-21) vs. Pirates (28-20)

  • 1. Jurickson Profar, 2B (S)
  • 2. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
  • 3. Prince Fielder, DH (L)
  • 4. Adrian Beltre, 3B (R)
  • 5. Nomar Mazara, RF (L)
  • 6. Ryan Rua, LF (R)
  • 7. Mitch Moreland, 1B (L)
  • 8. Bryan Holaday, C (R)
  • 9. Hanser Alberto, SS (R)
  • SP: Martin Perez, LHP
  • Daily notes

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Yu Darvish back and better than ever?

In his first start of the 2014 season, Darvish hit 95 miles per hour once. On Saturday, his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2015, the right-hander hit that velocity 20 times.

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Darvish shines in return, Rangers top Pirates (1:27)
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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish describes his emotions when he took the mound in the first inning.

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Manager Jeff Banister talks about why he took Darvish out after five innings

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Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Texas Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson on what made Yu Darvish so effective tonight against Pittsburgh.

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Yu Darvish shows sizzling stuff in return to action

In his first big league game in 659 days, Rangers ace Yu Darvish didn't look like he had missed a beat, as he threw crackling stuff and blazing heat to overpower the Pirates.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Barnette replaces Darvish, who's night is over after a stressful 5th inning. He allows one run on three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. He threw 81 pitches, including 51 strikes.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pirates turn a single, a stolen base and a two-out, two-strike single by second baseman Cole Figueroa into a run against Darvish. He still collects two more strikeouts, giving him seven, and has thrown 81 pitches. If he has a quick sixth inning, the Rangers might try to coax another inning out of him. But he's starting his third time through the lineup, so odds are the sixth will be Darvish's last. The Rangers had reliever Tony Barnette warming up with two outs in the fifth.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Through four innings, Darvish has allowed one hit and no runs, while striking out four, walking one and throwjng 60 pitches. He's kept Pittsburgh's hitters off-balance by changing speeds effectively. His fastball is sitting at 96 mph, while his slider is at 83 and his slow curve is at 70. Starling Marte struck out on three pitches in the third: a 93-mph fastball, followed by an 81-mph slider and a 95-mph fastball.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Yu Darvish wants his mom to know he's thinking about her.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Darvish collects his third strikeout on a 96-mph fastball and finishes inning with only seven pitches.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Beltre homers on the ninth pitch of his at-bat - a two-run blast - to give Yu Darvish a 3-0 first-inning lead.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Prince Fielder gives Texas a 1-0 run, when he drives in a run with a groundout. The RBI is the 1,009th of his career, surpassing his dad, Cecil, who had 1,008.

Jean-Jacques Taylor ESPN Staff Writer 

Clearly, Darvish's fastball has been unaffected by Tommy John surgery. He threw 12 fastballs in the first inning: 94, 95, 93, 96, 96, 96, 98, 98, 95, 95, 95.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs23010th
Batting Average.26011th
On Base Percentage.31717th
Slugging Percentage.41213th
Earned Run Average4.0315th
Quality Starts33Tied-4th
WHIP1.3418th
BAA.25920th

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