2:00 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014

Five things that happened in the Texas Rangers farm system Thursday night: Joey Gallo homers, so does Preston Beck

A quick look at things that happened around the Texas Rangers’ minor league system on Thursday night: • Double-A Frisco won its eighth straight game, taking a page from the big-league Rangers, by posting a walk-off win. Former first-round pick …

Five things I think I think about the Texas Rangers: When is decision time on Tanner Scheppers?

Over the final two games of the Seattle series, the Texas Rangers won a game in which Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings, allowed four hits and one run and another in which their starter blew a four-run lead. Consider that …
After lead blown, Rangers rally again to beat Mariners 8-6

After lead blown, Rangers rally again to beat Mariners 8-6

Five relievers combine for 6 2/3 shutout innings after Tanner Scheppers is shelled early.

Report: Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract

Signs were pointing to the Dallas Cowboys excising the fifth-year option on left tackle Tyron Smith’s contract and ESPN Dallas reported that happened Thursday night. The move means Smith’s contract will run through the 2015 season, fully guaranteeing $10.039 million …

Source: Dallas picks up Tyron Smith option

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have exercised the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract, according to a source, keeping the 2011 first-round pick with the team at least through 2015. The option will pay Smith more than $10 million and is presently guaranteed for injury, but it does not preclude the Cowboys and Smith working out a multi-year deal before it is fully guaranteed by the first day of the league year in 2015. The Cowboys took Smith with the ninth pick in the 2011 draft, and he has missed just one game in three seasons.
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The Rangers’ Tanner Scheppers experiment is about over

The right-handers starting road hits another pothole.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram 3 hours ago
Ranking the Nowitzki-led Mavericks’ first 12 playoff trips

Ranking the Nowitzki-led Mavericks’ first 12 playoff trips

The Mavericks have had their ups and downs in the playoffs.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram 4 hours ago
Casey Pachall has ‘good day’ throwing at Cowboys’ workout

Casey Pachall has ‘good day’ throwing at Cowboys’ workout

The Cowboys work out four quarterbacks at their annual Dallas Day at Valley Ranch.

Joeckel adds a veteran to TCU QB derby

That didn’t take long. One day after Matt Joeckel's departure from Texas A&M, the senior-to-be has landed at TCU. The addition of the former Aggies quarterback, who will be eligible immediately, has to bring a smile to the face of Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson. TCU exited spring football with questions remaining at the position after the offense failed to score a touchdown in its spring scrimmage finale. Trevone Boykin, who started six games at quarterback for the Horned Frogs in 2013, got the majority of the snaps at quarterback with TCU’s starting offense this spring, yet he...

Thursday practice update: Anaheim’s Getzlaf (face) expected to play in Game 2, while Stars Dillon (lower body injury) still out

ANAHEIM, Calif. _ The Stars held an optional practice Thursday afternoon at Honda Center, and probably 70 percent of the team skated. Staying off the ice were: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen, Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley, Brenden Dillon and …
Tacoma News-Tribune 8 hours ago

Mariners can't keep up with Rangers in 8-6 loss

Kevin Kouzmanoff delivered again, doubling twice and scoring two runs as the Texas Rangers beat Seattle Mariners, 8-6, on Thursday.

Is manager trying to get in Arencibia's head?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington asked outfielder Leonys Martin, the club's No. 8 hitter on Thursday, to sacrifice bunt in the third and fifth with runners and first and second and nobody out. By doing that, it brought up No. 9 hitter J.P. Arencibia, batting all of .083 coming in, in a run-scoring situation in a close game. You can look at the decision two ways: On the one hand, Arencibia has hit into three ground ball double plays and by moving the runners, you avoid that possibility.

Texas Rangers overcome another poor start by Tanner Scheppers to take three of four from Seattle

ARLINGTON – The Texas Rangers overcame another poor outing by opening day starter Tanner Scheppers Thursday to beat Seattle 8-6 and take three of four from the Mariners during the series. Given a 4-0 lead heading to the third inning, …

Will Scheppers stay in rotation next week?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The big inning bit Tanner Scheppers again on Thursday. The question now is whether Scheppers will start another inning in the rotation. Scheppers said he isn't worried about whether he'll hang onto his job and manager Ron Washington indicated the plan, at least right now, is for Scheppers to make his next start in Oakland next week. "It's nothing that's crossed my mind," Washington said when asked if there was consideration to moving Scheppers out of the rotation.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Mariners 6

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It was a strange day at Globe Life Park as neither starting pitcher could do much of anything. The Rangers had a 4-0 lead, lost it and then managed to snag the advantage back in the fifth and hang onto it for an 8-6 victory. Texas takes three out of four from the Mariners in the process and has won three straight games for the first time since the last week of the regular season in 2013, when they won seven straight to force Game 163.

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