— Maligned for poor defense and a bat that failed to fulfill promise for long stretches, Gary Sánchez impresses the Yankees with resilience.
— Lucas Giolito feels like the Chicago White Sox are right where they need to be as they close in on their first AL Central title since 2008.
Right-hander Kohei Arihara was designed for assignment Sunday by the Texas Rangers, who signed the Japanese pitcher to a two-year contract last winter.
— DJ Peters’ pinch-hit single drove home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat former teammate Lance Lynn and the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Saturday night.
— Luis Robert hit a three-run double, Dylan Cease struck out 10 in five innings and the Chicago White Sox moved closer to their first division title in 13 years by trouncing the Texas Rangers 8-0 on Friday night.
— Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros are closing in on another AL West title after dominating their last-place Texas rival again.
Which squads are rising and falling as teams start punching their postseason tickets?
— Jake Meyers and Marwin Gonzalez hit consecutive homers in a three-run second inning, Kyle Tucker homered among his three hits, and Jose Urquidy allowed one run and two hits in six innings as the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday...
— All-Star slugger Adolis García tied the Texas Rangers' single-season rookie record with his 30th homer, and Jordan Lyles threw seven scoreless innings for the last-place team.
— Hey Siri, this was a first start to remember after all of those years working to get to the majors.
— Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and two RBI, Taylor Hearn won his fourth straight start and the Texas Rangers put another dent in Oakland’s playoff hopes, beating the Athletics 4-3 on Sunday.
— Jonah Heim hit a two-run home run with two outs in the eighth to cap a five-run rally, lifting the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics, 8-6, on Saturday.
— The Oakland Athletics understand the ups and downs of a season, having started 2021 with six straight losses before soon winning 13 in a row.
With teams jockeying for a limited number of spots, which squads are rising and falling?
— Nathaniel Lowe didn’t want to steal the thunder from his brother Josh’s big day.
— Jordan Lyles pitched seven smooth innings in relief, Jason Martin hit a two-run single and the Texas Rangers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 on Tuesday night.
— A.J. Alexy managed to follow up his outstanding major league debut with something even better. Two starts into his career with Texas, the confident, rangy right-hander has made history by throwing 11 scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
— DJ Peters homered twice, had a career-high four hits and drove in four runs, and Taylor Hearn pitched seven innings of seven-hit ball in the Texas Rangers' 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
— Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 43rd home run and Jose Suarez pitched a five-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
— Shohei Ohtani's outing almost met an early end when he was struck by a comebacker in the first inning. Instead, he recovered and threw his most pitches since coming stateside in 2018.
As we say hello to September, which teams are rising and falling?
— Brendan Rodgers’ go-ahead two-run double was Colorado’s only hit in a five-run ninth inning as the Rockies rallied from an early 5-0 deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 9-5 on Wednesday.
— Nathaniel Lowe wants to honor his late grandfather with how he plays for the Texas Rangers in the final month of season.
— A.J. Alexy won his major league debut pitching one-hit ball through five shutout innings while DJ Peters, Leody Taveras and Nick Solak homered in consecutive innings as the Texas Rangers hung on to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Monday.