Corey Kluber throws 85 pitches in complete-game shutout
Kluber (11-6) gave up just three hits in his nine scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none. It's his second straight start going nine innings and not giving up an earned run, though he did surrender an unearned run in a no-decision his last time out. Kluber owns a 2.61 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 170:33 K:BB ratio in 158 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to take on the Reds Monday.
Felix Hernandez sets MLB record in loss Wednesday
Hernandez (11-3) set a major-league record Wednesday, posting his 14th straight start of at least seven innings with two runs or fewer allowed, according to the team. Unfortunately, he has just one win to show for his last five quality starts as the team has failed to back him offensively. Hernandez owns a 2.01 ERA and 178:31 K:BB ratio in 165 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Braves Tuesday.
Jose Berrios could make next start despite shoulder issue
Berrios was removed for precautionary reasons, and the team still seems likely to skip him in the Double-A rotation if he is still feeling the aftereffects of the tightness in a few days. He owns a 4.58 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio with New Britian after an excellent stretch at high Class A Fort Myers.
Jake Smolinksi not running at full speed
"I'll be fine," Smolinski said. "But it's always frustrating to not be on the field with your teammates. I'm just trying to stay positive and control everything I can control right now, and do my best to get back out there."
Smolinski is eligible to come off the disabled list next Wednesday, but that remains unlikely until he can run without issue. He has hit .389/.450/.472 in 36 at-bats over 11 games.
Jason Heyward likely out until Friday
Heyward was initially expected to return Wednesday or Thursday, but the Braves will play it safe with the outfielder. He has been dealing with a back injury this week.
Derek Holland pitches two innings in rehab debut
Holland was playing in his first game this season after dealing with a knee injury. If all goes well during rehab, he could return to the Rangers rotation in the last few weeks of August.
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Michael Saunders closing in on rehab assignment
Saunders isn't swinging the bat at 100 percent yet and that "it's going to take some time," according to McClendon, but he was able to participate in batting practice for a second straight day Wednesday. Saunders has been sidelined since July 10 due to a strained oblique.
Andrew Cashner closing in on rehab assignment
Cashner was able to throw sliders in Wednesday's session, something that caused him soreness earlier in the year. He has been out since June 20 while recovering from a shoulder injury. Cashner owns a 2.36 ERA and 59:22 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.
Geovany Soto to begin rehab Friday, return Aug. 8
Soto was placed on the disabled list last week with a groin injury. He has made just three appearances with the Rangers this season, going 4 for 11 at the plate.
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July 30, 2014
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