BOSTON -- The Rangers are holding a City of West Night on July 6 when they are scheduled to face the Astros at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers are hosting approximately 1,000 residents and emergency workers who responded to the devastating explosion and fires on April 17.
There will be pregame on-field ceremonies and West mayor Tommy Muska will throw out the first pitch. Citizens of West will participate in the national anthem, there will be a moment of silence for the 15 people who lost their lives in the tragedy and the Czech Dance Group will perform prior to the game.
The Rangers will wear a "SUPPORT WEST" patch on their right sleeve and the jerseys will be auctioned off in a raffle to raise additional funds for the relief efforts. Raffle tickets will be sold on July 5-6 at the Ballpark.
During the three-game weekend series with Seattle, April 19-21, the Rangers collected tens of thousands of essential items for the West victims and residents that filled two large meeting areas at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as well as thousands of dollars in gift cards. In addition, some $40,000 in cash donations went to the citizens of West from Rangers fans and employees and the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.
Baker pleased he landed on Rangers roster
BOSTON -- The Yankees loss is the Rangers gain. Those were the two teams that competed to the end to sign infielder Jeff Baker.
The Rangers won and Baker has become a big part of their team. He started at third base for the second straight game on Tuesday while Adrian Beltre is sidelined with a strained left hamstring and is hitting .333 (19-for-57) with five home runs.
"The Rangers and the Yankees were the main two," Baker said. "A lot of teams knocked on the door, but the opportunity wasn't there or it wasn't the most ideal fit."
The Yankees might have been the better fit because of all their injuries. They have had four different players start at both first and third base. They also have started five different right fielders. But Baker chose the Rangers even though they appeared to have a set lineup at every position.
"The bottom line is guys need a day off and at the time, it seemed like they had some [left-handed hitters] that might need a blow," Baker said. "I just liked the fit. Choosing either team was a win-win situation. Both organizations are at the top of their divisions, both have winning pedigrees and a history of winning and both had managers and coaching staffs you could trust. The last thing for a veteran like me is you don't want to be stuck on a young team that's rebuilding."
Baker, who is represented by Scott Boras, signed a Minor League contract with the Rangers and made the team out of Spring Training. He is a free agent after the season.
Washington opts to rest Beltre another day
BOSTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is dealing with a strained left hamstring, tried to talk his way into the lineup on Tuesday but manager Ron Washington decided against it.
"It was a fight," Washington said. "He said he's ready to go, but I decided to give him an extra day."
Beltre left Saturday's game in the ninth inning because of the problem and did not play on Sunday although he was available as a pinch-hitter. Beltre said the hamstring has always been an issue for him, but this was actual Grade 1 strain.
"It's always there, some days more than others," Beltre said. "Some days it feels pretty good and some days not so good. I know how to manage it. But now it's a mild strain, a Grade 1 strain. It's not just that the hamstring is sore, something is in there."
Beltre could be back in the lineup for Wednesday and Thursday. But Washington said he is planning to keep Beltre off the artificial turf at Toronto's Rogers Centre this weekend during a three-game series with the Blue Jays. Washington was concerned about Beltre aggravating the hamstring on the turf and may limit him to designated hitter duty or not play him at all.
Moving Beltre to DH would bump Lance Berkman out of the lineup but Washington said he might use him at first base for at least one game. Berkman, who had two operations on his right knee last year, has played just one game at first base this season.
"I'll just talk to him and see how his legs are doing," Washington said. "If they're good, I might give him a day on the turf. We'll just see."
Rangers to activate Ogando for Wednesday start
BOSTON -- The Rangers will activate Alexi Ogando off the disabled list on Wednesday so he can pitch against the Red Sox. It will be his first start since May 15 against the Athletics. He has been sidelined with inflammation in his right triceps muscle.
Ogando's return allows the Rangers to give three of their pitchers some extra rest. Derek Holland has been moved back to Thursday, Nick Tepesch on Friday and Yu Darvish on Saturday. All three will be pitching on five days rest rather than their normal four.
"Whenever we can arrange those type of situations and give them extra rest, we want to do it," manager Ron Washington said.
The Rangers will have to make a roster move before Wednesday's game and will likely send either left-hander Joseph Ortiz or right-hander Ross Wolf to Triple-A Round Rock. Ortiz has been with the Rangers since Opening Day, but Neal Cotts, who was called up on May 21, has emerged as the second left-handed setup reliever in the bullpen. Cotts has pitched in seven of the Rangers last 11 games while Ortiz has appeared in just two games since May 21.
Wolf has also pitched just twice since being called up on May 22 but could give the Rangers a true long reliever. They haven't had that since Derek Lowe was released.
• The Blue Jays announced that Esmil Rogers, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson will start during the three-game series against the Rangers this weekend. The Rangers will miss R.A. Dickey. But if the Blue Jays stay in rotation, Dickey would likely pitch on Saturday, June 15, against the Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington. He has not pitched against his former team since 2009.
• The Rangers have released infielder Mark Teahen from Triple-A Round Rock. They have also activated first baseman Ronaldo Guzman off the disabled list at Class A Hickory. He had been sidelined since Spring Training because of a knee injury.
• Joe Nathan is 15-for-15 in save opportunities against the Red Sox going into Tuesday's game. That's the most career saves of any pitcher all-time against the Red Sox without a blown save.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.