6/18/2014 4:10 P.M. ET
Rangers set up memorial fund for Durrett's family
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
OAKLAND -- The Rangers have established a memorial fund to benefit the family of Richard Durrett, a writer for ESPNDallas who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 38. Durrett is survived by his wife and two children.
Donations can be made at texasrangers.com/foundation or through the mail at Richard Durrett Family Fund, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, 1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400, Arlington, TX 76011. Donations made through the Rangers Foundation in his memory will be directed to the Richard Durrett Family Fund.
Donations can also be made to the Richard Durrett Family Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 3880 Hulen Street, Suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76107 or at any of their five Metroplex locations.
Durrett covered the Rangers for ESPNDallas for the past five years. Prior to that, he worked at the Dallas Morning News and the Denton Record-Chronicle in a wide variety of roles commensurate with his many talents. He was a graduate of TCU, and his passing has brought about heartfelt condolences from numerous friends, colleagues and athletes.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus tweeted, "On behalf of myself and my teammates, we send our condolences to the family of Richard Durrett. He was always a smiling face in our clubhouse, and our prayers are with his family."
Dallas Stars hockey great Mike Modano tweeted, "We'll miss you Richard Durrett. A great friend and the best in the business."
Moreland scheduled for season-ending surgery
OAKLAND -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his left ankle on Monday, and he is expected to miss the rest of the season. The Rangers expect Moreland to have a full recovery and be ready for Spring Training.
Moreland has been on the disabled list since June 8. It's the third time in three years that he has been on the DL. He missed time in each of the past two seasons because of hamstring problems, and the Rangers believe that his ankle may have contributed to those issues.
"He has also had lower back stuff that we really didn't talk about that he played through," general manager Jon Daniels said. "In talking to him, this might put an end to the issues he has had to fight through."
Moreland is in his third full season with the Rangers, and he was hitting .247 with two home runs and 23 RBIs in 52 games. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.
Frasor's scoreless string ends abruptly against A's
OAKLAND -- Rangers reliever Jason Frasor had not allowed a run in 10 1/3 consecutive innings over 12 outings before allowing a pair of runs in Texas' 10-6 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night. Frasor allowed singles to Josh Donaldson and Coco Crisp and a two-run double to Derek Norris.
"The best pitch I made was the first pitch I made to Donaldson," Frasor said. "After that, I don't think I did anything I wanted to do. I didn't make a pitch. All three hits were on fastballs down the middle, center cut."
Norris' double made it 10-6. At that point, manager Ron Washington took Frasor out to preserve him for another day. Frasor and Neal Cotts have carried a heavy load as the Rangers' primary setup relievers, but Shawn Tolleson has also been used extensively lately. Tolleson has allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last five outings.
"I'd like to get to a point where we can back off our bullpen, and our starters can take us deeper into the game," Washington said.
Rangers executive Cochrane earns promotion
OAKLAND -- The Rangers have promoted Jim Cochrane to the position of senior vice president, partnerships and client services.
Cochrane, who is in his 18th year with the Rangers, will oversee and be responsible for managing a sales and service team that builds revenue through partnerships with local, national and international corporations.
"Jim Cochrane has been instrumental in the phenomenal growth of the Texas Rangers corporate partnership initiatives over the last several years," Rangers executive vice president, business partnerships and development Joe Januszewski said. "We are pleased to recognize his efforts with this well-deserved promotion."
Cochrane has spent the past seven years as vice president of partnerships and client services. The Rangers' corporate sales team has attained a franchise single-season high in partnership revenue each of the past three years, with partnership revenue increasing 151 percent since the end of the 2010 season. Cochrane also played a key role in the negotiation of the 10-year ballpark naming rights agreement with Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, which was announced this February.
He began his career with the Rangers as an intern in 1997 and has also sold partnerships and media for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club (2000-2003, 2007-2009), Hicks Sports Group (2007-2009), Cedar Park Center (2007-2009) and Mesquite Championship Rodeo (2000-2003, 2007-2009). A native of Bedford, Texas, Cochrane earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
• Pitcher Derek Holland, on the disabled list while recovering from offseason knee surgery, threw another live batting-practice session on Wednesday in Arizona. He will throw again on Monday and then be re-evaluated. The Rangers have seen some improvement in his fielding drills, but Holland is still not at 100 percent.
• Yu Darvish has now lost eight straight to the Athletics. That's tied for the second-longest losing streak against one club. Charlie Hough lost nine straight to the Brewers in 1982-88.
• Luis Sardinas made his first start of the season at third base on Wednesday so that Adrian Beltre could get a day at designated hitter.
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.