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Rangers Avoid Arbitration with Moreland

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract with infielder/designated hitter Mitch Moreland, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Friday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the deal is worth $2.95 million, and Moreland can earn an additional $25,000 in performance bonuses.

The 29-year-old Moreland missed most of last season after suffering a season-ending ankle injury in June. Before the injury, he played in 52 games, hitting .246 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and a .297 on-base percentage.

Moreland was drafted by the Rangers in 2007 and has played all five of his major league seasons with the team.

For his career, Moreland has hit .252 with 65 home runs, 209 RBIs and a .316 on-base percentage.

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Rangers Place 1B Mitch Moreland on DL

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers placed first baseman Mitch Moreland on the disabled list on Sunday.  

Moreland, who was batting .246 with just two homers this season, is expected to undergo ankle surgery on Wednesday and will likely miss three months.

"It's to the point where I'm hurting the team, hurting myself trying to go out there and make something happen," Moreland said of his injury. "There's no lower half. I'm doing everything I can and trying to battle through it, but it's to the point where it's affecting me trying to go out and play. It's hurting pretty bad."

"The surgery, I tried to fight it off until the end of the year," he continued. "I knew I was going to have to have surgery. They told me you can do everything you can to try to get to the end of the year. I can't do it any more. I'm going to try to get back healthy and get ready to go."

Donnie Murphy, who is hitting .220 with 11 RBI's, will take Moreland's spot on the roster.

"He's done everything he could have done," general manager Jon Daniels said of Moreland. "He's fought through it, but it's become apparent it's limiting him."

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Yu Darvish Strikes Out 14 as Rangers Top Diamondbacks, 7-1

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish dominated the Diamondbacks en route to the team's 7-1 win over Arizona.

Darvish tied a career-high 14 strikeouts over seven innings, and he didn't walk a single batter. He also picked up his tenth win of the season.

"Some of 9 (the sliders) were dropping down, some of them were going sideways," Darvish said through an interpreter. "The movement on my slider was really inconsistent and that worked in my favor."

Darvish has been racking up the strikeouts this season. He's the second pitcher since 1900 with two games of 14+ strikeouts, no walks, and no runs allowed in a season. The other was Pedro Martinez back in 2000. He also joins Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers with three games of 14+ strikeouts and no walks in a single season.

Meanwhile, A.J. Pierzynski, Mitch Moreland, and Daniel Murphy all homered to pace the Rangers offense.

With the win, the Rangers remain in striking distance for first place in the AL West. They trail the Oakland Athletics by 3.5 games.

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Verlander Flirts with No-Hitter as Tigers Roll Over Rangers 

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (DETROIT) -- Justin Verlander came within just seven outs of his third-career no-hitter.

Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning while allowing just one hit and three walks as the Detroit Tigers blanked the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Sunday.

He left the game with a tight right quad muscle after giving up the hit to Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland.

"It was just kind of starting to get tight," Verlander said. "There's really no need to push it."

Torii Hunter, Jhonny Peralta, and Victor Martinez each hit solo home runs to provide their ace with some offense.

Verlander improved to 10-6 on the season as the Tigers rolled into the All-Star break sitting atop the AL Central.

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Rangers Defeat Diamondbacks, 9-5 Behind Profar's 3 Hits

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak on Thursday with a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Second baseman Jurickson Profar led the offensive attack for the Rangers with three hits, while first baseman Mitch Moreland and outfielder David Murphy provided the power with home runs. Every player in Texas’ lineup had at least one hit, while five players finished with two hits or more.

Rangers starting pitcher Justin Grimm (5-3) contained Arizona’s offense, allowing two earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. 

Right-hander Brandon McCarthy struggled out of the gate for the Diamondbacks, giving up six earned runs on nine hits in 2 2-3 innings.

The Rangers improve to 33-20 on the season, while the Diamondbacks fall to 30-23.

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