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Berkman and Oswalt Retire With Houston Astros

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- First Baseman Lance Berkman and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt signed one day contracts with Houston on Saturday and officially retired as Astros.

The Astros selected Oswalt out of Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, Mississippi in the 23rd round of the 1996 amateur draft. A year later, they took Berkman out of Rice University with the 16th overall pick.

The duo would play a key part in the Astros winning the National League pennant in 2005. That season, Oswalt compiled a record of 20-12 with a 2.94 ERA. Berkman would hit .293 with 24 home runs and 82 RBIs.

Oswalt finished his ten-year career (2001-2010) in Houston with a 143-82 record and a 3.24 ERA. In 12 seasons (1999-2010) with the Astros, Berkman batted .296 with 326 homers and 1,090 RBIs.

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Berkman Announces Retirement

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lance Berkman's 15-year career is over.

The 37-year-old, six-time All-Star announced Wednesday that he has retired from baseball.

Berkman, who had two knee surgeries in 2012, only played in 73 games with the Texas Rangers last season while dealing with various ailments.

"It doesn't make sense to play in the physical condition I'm in," Berkman told

Berkman played more than 11 of his big league seasons for the Houston Astros. During that time Berkman hit .296 with 326 home runs, 1090 RBIs and a .410 on-base percentage. He also was a key cog in the Astros' run to the 2005 World Series.

"Lance was one of the greatest players in Astros history, and we are absolutely open to honoring him this season now that he has announced his retirement," The Astros said in a statement." We will communicate with Lance in the upcoming days to get his thoughts on this, and hope to schedule something that will give the fans the chance to recognize his outstanding career."

Berkman finishes his career with a .293 average, 366 home runs, 1234 RBIs and a .406 on-base percentage.

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Lance Berkman Considering Retirement

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is contemplating retirement after his recent hip injury on July 6.

Berkman has been working hard to come back, but said on Thursday that he's considered walking away from the game he loves or shutting it down this season.

"I’ve definitely thought about it," the 37-year-old told The Dallas Morning News. "But I haven’t reached any final decisions on it. Hopefully I’ll do the best that I can and help the team. It could also depend on what the team’s needs are. This is an uncertain time of the year for everybody."

The six-time All-Star spent most of his career with the Houston Astros, where he put up big numbers.  He won a World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

The Rangers have former MLB slugger Manny Ramirez in their current Triple-A affiliate, but the team has no plans on calling the 40-year-old up.

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Rangers Place Berkman, Tepesch on DL

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers placed designated hitter Lance Berkman and starting pitcher Nick Tepesch on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

The switch-hitting Berkman, 37, injured his hip while running to first base during the Rangers' loss to the Houston Astros Saturday.  Berkman hurt the hip further in the sixth inning while running the bases after teammate Geovany Soto's home run.

"When I went up there the next time left-handed, I could feel it but it wasn't as bad," Berkman said. "In that at-bat (Soto) hit that home run, I thought it was a double at the time, so I took off. When I did, it grabbed even worse.

As for Tepesch, he felt soreness in his right elbow while playing catch Saturday. Rangers manager Ron Washington says the issue is not serious, and the move to put Tepesch on the DL is precautionary.  

The Rangers activated Joakim Soria from the 60-day DL and recalled pitcher Cody Burns from Triple-A Round Rock to take the open roster spots.

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Cabrera Homers Three Times, But Tigers Lose to Rangers

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) --  On a night where Miguel Cabrera seemed unstoppable, Daniel Murphy did just enough to carry his team to victory.

Murphy belted a go-ahead three-run home run in the sixth inning to lead the Texas Rangers to an 11-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night.

Lance Berkman and Adrian Beltre combined to drive in four runs for the Rangers (29-15) who were able to overcome a three home run game from Cabrera.

"Very nice to be on the winning side," Murphy said. "Big game, fun game, national TV. We got to witness the best hitter in the game hit three homers."

The 2012 Triple Crown winner went 4-for-4 with 5 RBIs and now has 11 homers on the year.

Robbie Ross (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win and Joe Nathan closed the door in the ninth for his 13th save.  The Rangers took three-of-four games from the Tigers this weekend.

Jose Ortega (0-1) took the loss for the Tigers.

The Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with bruised ribs and called up top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock.  He is expected to start for the Rangers Monday night against Oakland.

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Rangers Bop Angels 7-3 In Series Finale 

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) --  Yu Darvish was dominant once again, leading the Texas Rangers to a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night.

After coming within one out of a perfect game in his last start, Darvish allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work to earn his second win of the season.

"I didn't have everything today. It wasn't my 100 percent, but I had to grind it out," Darvish said through his translator. "The reason I was able to do that was because of all the support from my teammates."

Ian Kinsler, Lance Berkman and David Murphy went deep for the Rangers (4-2), who took two of the three games in the opening series against their AL West Rivals.

Angels ace Jered Weaver (0-1) left in the sixth inning with a strained left elbow.  X-Rays to his non-throwing arm were negative.

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Ogando Leads Texas Past Houston, 4-0

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando struck out a career-high 10 batters in 6 1-3 innings of work as Texas lassoed the Houston Astros Wednesday, 4-0. Ogando’s performance came less than 24 hours after Yu Darvish came within one out of a perfect game against the 'Stros.

Ogando, along with relievers Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and Joe Nathan, allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out 15. Houston has struck out 43 times in their first three games.

Nelson Cruz, A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman each drove in a run for the Rangers, who ended the series taking two of three.

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ESPN: Berkman Agrees To Deal With Rangers

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lance Berkman has agreed to a one-year $10 million contract with the Texas Rangers, according to sources of ESPN.

The contract is also said to have a vesting option for a second year if the 37-year-old Berkman reaches 550 plate appearances next season.

The switch-hitting Berkman is expected to be used as the teams primary designated hitter.

Berkman is coming off a year where he had two surgeries on his right knee, allowing him to only play in 32 games with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Throughout his 14-year career, Berkman has hit .296, with 360 home runs, and 1,200 RBIs.

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Cardinals Unlikely to Re-sign Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- After just missing out on a second straight trip to the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals are left with having to decide who will be with the club next season. General Manager John Mozeliak doesn't see pitcher Kyle Lohse or first baseman Lance Berkman back with the team next season.

Lohse's fifth season with the Cardinals was arguably the best season of his 12-year career. In 2012, Lohse went 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts.

"I suspect the free agent market will treat him kindly," Mozeliak said. "And when you see the depth we have coming, it's not something i'm prepared to rule out today, but I would say it's probably unlikely at this time."

Meanwhile, Berkman's future in Major League Baseball overall is a question mark. He was slowed down by knee problems this season, limiting him to just 32 games. Berkman hasn't decided if he will retire or continue playing, but he's still not likely to continue his career in St. Louis.

"It's hard to imagine us finding a fit for him here," Mozeliak said. "I don't know what his expectations are, what he envisiosn his role being, but clearly getting every-day at-bats for the St. Louis Cardinals would be very remote."

One change that the team has confirmed is that bullpen coach Dyar Miller will not return next season.

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Cardinals' Lance Berkman Out for the Season, Career Feared Over

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- While the St. Louis Cardinals fight for their playoff lives, they won't have one of their best bats for the rest of the year. First baseman Lance Berkman will undergo season-ending knee surgery today.

Berkman had surgery on his knee in May and couldn't get healthy enough to get back on the field. On Monday Berkman traveled to Houston to meet with the doctors who performed his initial surgery; they will also perform this surgery.

This will be Berkman's sixth knee surgery of his 14-year career. It is also his fourth surgery on his right knee.

If the injury is serious, it may force the former All-Star to retire. Berkman has hinted before that this might be his last season regardless. If he does retire, it caps off a great career for Berkman. In 14 seasons with the Astros, Yankees, and Cardinals, Berkman has a career batting average of .296 with 360 home runs and 1,200 RBIs.

Berkman played in just 31 games this season for the Cardinals.

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