Rangers Vs. Indians: Profar Shines In MLB Debut

The 19-year old middle infielder, ranked by some as the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, lived up to the hype on Sunday, hitting a HR in his first career at-bat in an 8-3 victory over Cleveland.

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MLB Standings: Streaking A's Closing In On Rangers

The Oakland A's are coming on strong in the American League West, blowing past the Angels this week to move within three games of the Texas Rangers for first place. Oakland has now won nine consecutive games and controls the first wild card spot in the American league. they are also making the Rangers sweat a little in the West.

Texas (79-54) and Oakland (76-57) will play seven times in the season's final 10 games. Those games could now decide the divisional race after Oakland took two in a row from Tampa Bay before sweeping Cleveland in four games and Boston in three. All told, Oakland has won 15 of its last 17 games.

Oakland is now two full games ahead of the Orioles for the first wild card spot. Baltimore sits 1.5 games ahead of the Rays and two ahead of both the Tigers and White Sox. The Angels are also in the wild card mix 3.5 games behind Baltimore and 8.5 behind Texas in the division.

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Rangers Vs. Indians Game Recap: Jurickson Profar Shines As Rangers Top Indians 8-3

Jurickson Profar homered in his first major league at-bat as the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 8-3 on Sunday.

The 19-year-old blasted a 2-1 fastball thrown by Indians pitcher Zach McAllister in the third inning in his debut in the majors. Profar becomes the first player born in 1993 to get a hit in a major league game. He ended the game with two hits.

Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and David Murphy lit up the fifth inning, each recording a solo shot.

The Rangers matched their best record through 133 games with 79 wins set in 1999.

In their last 35 games, the Indians stand at 6-29.

Derek Holland picked up his tenth win as he allowed two runs over seven innings.

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Rangers Vs. Indians: Jurickson Profar To Make MLB Debut, Replace Ian Kinsler In Lineup

In the rubber match of their three-game series with the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers will start September call-up Jurickson Profar at second base. All-Star Ian Kinsler, who was in the original lineup and batting leadoff, was a late scratch. Profar will bat ninth, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Profar, 19, is one of the best prospects in baseball. He batted .281 with a .368 on-base percentage at AA Frisco this season with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 480 at-bats. Kinsler played nine innings Saturday and was slated to be in the lineup until about a half-hour before the game, so it's doubtful his injury is too serious, but it's worth keeping an eye on into next week. Here are the full lineups for Sunday's game:

Rangers

SS Elvis Andrus
DH Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
RF Nelson Cruz
LF Daniel Murphy
1B Mitch Moreland
C Luis Martinez
2B Jurickson Profar


P Derek Holland

Indians

3B Jason Donald
2B Jason Kipnis
1B Carlos Santana
LF Russ Canzler
RF Thomas Neal
SS Brent Lillibridge
DH Matt LaPorta
C Lou Marson
CF Ezequiel Carrera


P Zach McAllister

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Rangers Vs. Indians: Derek Holland Goes For Third Straight Win In Rubber Match

The 2012 season hasn't been kind to Derek Holland, but he's turned it around of late, winning his last two starts. The Texas Rangers have gotten wins in his last four starts, and they hope to keep that momentum going in order to win the three-game weekend series against the Cleveland Indians.

The Rangers and Indians have played two close, low-scoring games — just the type of games we're used to seeing at Progressive Field, the ninth-best park for pitchers in the majors — and Sunday's matchup should be no different. Holland's on a hot streak and the Indians' starter, Zach McAllister, has a 3.82 season ERA.

The Rangers would love to come away from this game with a win, with the Athletics simply not going away in the playoff hunt. The Rangers have a three-game lead on their foes from the bay, but there's no hotter team in the league than the A's, winners of their last eight.

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Rangers Vs. Indians Final Score: Feldman Struggles Early In 4-3 Loss

The Texas Rangers were unable to overcome a four-run deficit in the first inning, losing to the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Saturday night.

Scott Feldman pitched six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and striking out five. It was the damage done in the first inning off an opening walk and four straight hits that doomed the game from the start.

The Rangers had runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings and threatened in the top of the ninth, yet were unable to put together a sustained rally against Jeanmar Gomez and the Indians relieving pitchers.

Adrian Beltre had yet another big game, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run and single, raising his average on the season to .319. Josh Hamilton was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on the night.

David Murphy was the only other Rangers batter with multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a single.

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Rangers vs. Indians Preview: Feldman Looks To Shake Off Recent Struggles

The Texas Rangers go in to Progressive Field to face the Cleveland Indians on Saturday with their eye on widening the gap with the Oakland A's in the AL West. Texas sends Scott Feldman to the bump, who is looking to rebound from a rough August. Feldman is 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in his last four starts and 2-4 on the road this season with a 6.21 ERA.

The Rangers held off a Cleveland comeback Friday night to win the first game of the three game series, 5-3. Ryan Dempster allowed only two hits, one walk and an unearned run through six innings. The win kept the Rangers lead over the surging A's, winners of seven in a row, at four games heading in to the final month of the season.

Indians right hander Jeanmar Gomez takes the bump for the injured Roberto Hernandez. Gomez is 4-7 on the season with a 5.11 ERA. First pitch from Progressive Field is 6:05 CT.

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Rangers To Promote Jurickson Profar, 4 Others Saturday, Per Report

With MLB rosters set to expand on Sept. 1, the Texas Rangers are looking at adding five players to add some depth to their roster. The Rangers have purchased the contract of shortstop Jurickson Profar from Double A Frisco, utility player Brandon Snyder, left-hander Martin Perez, outfielder Leonys Martin, and right-handed pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama, who has been playing in Triple A Round Rock.

Other roster moves for the Rangers involve sending left-handed reliever Robbie Ross on the disabled list with a left forearm strain. Replacing Ross in the lineup is relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers.

They Rangers also made the decision to designate pitcher Miguel De Los Santos for assignment, and then decided to purchase the contract of pitcher Tyler Tufts, but then immediately place him on the disabled list.

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Rangers Vs. Indians Final Score: Texas Holds Off Cleveland Rally For 5-3 Win

The Texas Rangers nearly blew a 5-1 lead as Cleveland Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman hit a two-run home run off of Rangers reliever Koji Uehara, but Joe Nathan came in and got the final two outs to earn his 28th save as the Rangers ended up winning 5-3.

The Rangers offense was led by Ardian Beltre, who went 4-for-5, scored two runs and had an RBI with three of those hits coming off of Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The offense got off to a hot start as the Rangers scored three runs in the first three innings, which was enough to get the win.

Ryan Dempster had a good outing for the Rangers by going six innings, striking out seven, allowing just two hits and one walk. One run was scored with Dempster on the mound, but it was unearned.

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Rangers Vs. Indians: Texas Heads To Progressive Field For Three-Game Series

Texas will face off against Cleveland in a three-game set starting Friday.

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