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Derek Holland Won't Throw for at Least a Month  

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland will not throw for 4-6 weeks after leaving his start against Houston Friday with a strain in his left shoulder.

It was evident something was wrong with Holland from his very first pitch when Holland's velocity was under 90 miles per hour. Holland lasted nine pitches before exiting the game.

"I was hoping the radar gun was off or he would get loose," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

After Holland is allowed to throw again it is projected he will need at least one month of rebuilding arm strength before he can pitch for the Rangers.

"I'm beat up about this," Holland said. "I felt it on the last warmup pitch and I just wanted to make sure I got through the inning. Everything was great in the 'pen. I joke around about it now with (catcher Robinson) Chirinos. I was spotting up, everything was good, ball was coming out great and then to come out here and throw the first pitch and have it go down the drain like that, it crushes you."

The 28-year-old Holland missed most of last season after undergoing microfracture knee surgery.

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Rangers' Yu Darvish to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish will have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2015 season, the team announced on Friday.

Darvish weighed out his options, but is set for elbow ligament surgery with Dr. James Andrews.

Darvish first felt tightness in the elbow after throwing 12 pitches in a spring training game against the Royals.

This is the same elbow that Darvish was shut down for the final eight weeks of last season.

The Rangers finished with 67 wins last year, after being in back-to-back ALCS games.

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Rangers' Yu Darvish Has Torn Ligament in Elbow

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish had an MRI that revealed partially torn ligaments in his right elbow, the team confirmed on Saturday.

Darvish first felt tightness in the elbow after throwing 12 pitches in a spring training game against the Royals.

Darvish will now take a couple days to decide whether he'll try to pitch with the elbow, shut it down for four months, or undergo Tommy John surgery.

"The concern with the first two options is, are you delaying the inevitable?" Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said.

This is the same elbow that bothered Darvish at the end of last season and forced him to shut down the final eight weeks of the season.

"I will be disappointed if I have to miss this season, but I want to look at all the options including getting a second opinion before I make a final decision," Darvish said in a statement Saturday. "My heart is with my teammates and our focus remains on accomplishing our goals."

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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 Sign Colby Lewis to 1-Year Deal

Texas Rangers/MLB (ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers signed free-agent starting pitcher Colby Lewis to a one-year, $4 million deal Thursday.

The 35-year-old Lewis was originally selected by the Rangers with the 38th pick of the 1999 Amateur Draft, and has played seven major league seasons with the organization -- including the last four.

"We're glad to have Colby back," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "Really, over the last five years, he has been everything we are about. He throws strikes, eats innings and takes the ball. He's the type of pitcher our young guys can look up to."

Lewis returned from flexor tendon and hip replacement surgery last season and made 29 starts for the Rangers, compiling a 10-14 record.

Only Derek Holland and Yu Darvish are currently guaranteed a place in the Rangers' starting rotation. Lewis is expected to be a leading candidate for one of the other three vacant spots.

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Rangers Send Darvish to DL

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers sent starter Yu Darvish to the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation on Wednesday.

Darvish felt tightness in the elbow while playing catch Monday. The tightness did not go away on Tuesday, so Darvish skipped his bullpen session. He played catch for a little bit on Wednesday before the Rangers decided to place the three-time All Star on the DL.

Darvish has been a bright spot for a struggling Rangers team this season. The 27-year-old has thrown 144 1/3 innings, compiling a 10-7 record, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 49 walks and 182 strikeouts.

The Rangers will recall left-hander Robbie Ross from Triple-A Round Rock to make Darvish's start Thursday.

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Darvish Loses No-No in Ninth

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Tex.) -- On Friday, Yu Darvish sat just one out away from his first career no-hitter and stared down David Ortiz. The Red Sox slugger beat the shift through the right side to deny Darvish the feat, marking the second straight year in which the Rangers ace was one out away from a no-no.

Texas second baseman Rougned Odor dove to his right to try and finish off the no-hitter, but the ball was too far out of his reach.

The rookie previously was at the center of a play that broke up the perfect game in the seventh. Again with Ortiz at the bat, Odor made the call on a high pop-up in right field but the ball carried past him and fell for what was ruled an error on the right fielder Alex Rios.

All was not lost for Darvish as his offense supplied him with plenty of support, scoring six runs and knocking Boston's starter Clay Buchholz out of the game in the fifth inning. Leonys Martin hit a two-run homer off reliever Chris Capuano to add the final two runs of a 8-0 victory.

Darvish struck out 12 batters over 8 2/3 innings, while walking just two batters. The three-year veteran tossed his 21st game with double-digit strikeouts, the most by any pitcher since he entered the league.

The Japanese star was winless in his previous nine home starts before finding his groove on Friday night. At the start of the 2013 season, Darvish was one out away from a no-hitter against Houston before Marwin Gonzalez singled to break it up.

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Gray Out Duels Darvish for First Complete Game

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images(Arlington, Texas) -- Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray allowed just three hits and struck out six batters to pick up the first complete game of his career. His offense also put up four runs to ensure it came in a winning effort, defeating Texas 4-0 on Monday night.

"The first couple of hitters it looked like what he usually does from time to time," said Oakland (16-10) manager Bob Melvin. "After that it was as well pitched of a game as I've seen in a while."

After two scoreless innings to begin the game, Oakland broke through in the third. Josh Donaldson lined a single to left scoring two runs before the A's added two more in the top of the fourth. Of the three hits allowed, none were extra-bases as only one runner made it past second base against Gray (4-1).

It was the 16th start of Gray's career and came on a day where Rangers (15-11) pitcher Yu Darvish suffered the shortest outing of his Major League career. Darvish (1-1) lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and walking two batters. The Athletics are 7-1 all-time against Darvish.

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Darvish Sharp in Rangers Victory over Rays

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Yu Darvish had no trouble getting back on track after missing three weeks.

Darvish pitched seven innings of scoreless ball allowing seven hits, one walk and striking out six to lead the Texas Rangers to a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Sunday.

"He was in control of the game," Rangers skipper Ron Washington said of Darvish. "He was using his pitches. He was throwing strikes. And that's what he does."

Elvis Andrus broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning when he hit a two-run home run.

Before that, Alex Cobb was impressive for the Rays. He pitched seven scoreless innings allowing three hits, one walk and striking out six in the loss.

"He didn't give up any pitches," Andrus said of Cobb. "I thought he was painting the whole game. I'm really glad that we had Yu out there. He was doing the same thing for us."

Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.

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Rangers' Yu Darvish to Make Season Debut on Sunday

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- With the Texas Rangers pitching staff in shambles, the team will get a welcomed sign of relief as staff ace Yu Darvish will make his season debut for the club on Sunday.

Darvish had started the season on the disabled list after he experienced a stiff neck during spring training.

"Once his neck wasn't bothering him anymore, we saw the same stuff we saw in Arizona," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He didn't back up any."

"He came in today (Wednesday) feeling good," Washington added. "We just feel like he's ready to go."

In just two seasons in the big leagues, Darvish has established himself as one of the top pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. This past season, Darvish went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA with 277 strikeouts.

Darvish's presence with the Rangers will certainly help the team immediately. The team was forced to start Tanner Scheppers on Opening Day, and was the first start in his career.

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