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Breaking News — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson arrested on aggravated assault with deadly weapon charge

FRISCO — Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson has been arrested on an aggravated assault with deadly weapon charge by the Frisco Police Department according to multiple reports.

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Benintendi leads Red Sox past Rangers 11-4 for 6th straight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Benintendi went 5 for 5 with two homers, six RBIs and a terrific catch in left field, and David Price struck out nine over six scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox stretched the longest winning streak in the majors to six games with an 11-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

The first Red Sox rookie with two five-hit games in a season, Benintendi had a three-run homer in the fifth that chased All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish (6-7), who matched career highs by allowing seven runs and 11 hits.

Benintendi led off the eighth by going the opposite way for his 12th homer, with the ball hitting on top of the 14-foot wall down the left-field line. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with his 11th home run.

Price (4-2) threw 70 of 106 pitches for strikes in his eighth start since missing the season’s first seven weeks with an elbow strain. The lefty departed after his second walk started the seventh.

Adrian Beltre has 2,974 career hits after a three-hit night for Texas that included his 600th career double. Mike Napoli went deep for the fourth straight game, his 18th homer being a three-run drive in the eighth after the Rangers trailed 11-0, and before Delino DeShields homered to start the Texas ninth.

A night after his two-run, bloop single in the 11th inning was the difference in a 7-5 win, Benintendi put the Red Sox up to stay with a dribbler through the middle of the infield for an RBI single in the second. He scored on a single by No. 9 hitter Tzu-Wei Lin, the first career RBI for the Taiwan-born player.

Benintendi doubled in the fourth and scored on a single by Christian Vazquez before Lin had another RBI single to make it 4-0.

There was also a defensive gem for Benintendi, who ran a long way, leaped and extended his glove to catch Napoli’s deep drive in the fourth before hitting the padded left-field wall while still in the air.

Darvish, selected Sunday to his fourth AL All-Star team, struck out four with no walks while his season ERA rose from 3.11 to 3.56 over 4 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox finished with 19 hits. The bottom four batters in their lineup were 8 for 9 against Darvish, while the top four went 1 for 12.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts was back in the lineup after missing two games with tightness in his groin. He finished 0 for 5 with a walk.

Rangers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who hasn’t pitched since June 20 because of a lower back muscle strain, was activated from the DL without a rehab assignment. RHP Ernesto Frieri, the loser Monday, was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

The Red Sox go for a sweep of the season series when RHP Doug Fister (0-1) makes his third start since being claimed off waivers from the Angels. RHP Andrew Cashner (3-7), struck in the stomach and forearm by a shattered bat when he last pitched Thursday, has given up nine runs over nine innings in his last two starts for Texas.

Rangers activate Jeffress from DL; Frieri designated for assignment

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers announced prior to tonight’s game with Boston that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the 10-day disabled list.  To make room for Jeffress on the active roster, the team has designated right-handed pitcher Ernesto Frieri for assignment.

Jeffress was placed on the 10-day disabled list on June 22, retroactive to June 21, with a strained lower back muscle.  He has a 1-2 record with a 5.46 ERA (18 ER/29.2 IP) in 31 relief appearances for Texas this season, and he still ranks third on the staff in games pitched despite missing two weeks.  He last pitched on June 20 vs. Toronto and has posted scoreless outings in 6 of his last 7 appearances.

Frieri went 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP) in 6 relief appearances for the Rangers after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on June 17.  The Rangers have seven days to trade, release, or outright Frieri to the minor leagues.

After today’s transactions, the Rangers now have 39 players on the club’s major league roster, along with five players on the 60-day disabled list.

 

Claiborne assigned to Round Rock

Right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne, who was designated for assignment on July 2 after being optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on June 29, has been assigned outright to Round Rock.  He allowed 3 runs in 2.0 innings in his only appearance with the Rangers on June 26 at Cleveland.

 

Minor league trade

The Rangers have traded minor league infielder Luis Silva to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.  The 22-year-old Venezuela native was originally signed by Texas in 2013 and has appeared in 7 games this season for the High-A Down East Wood Ducks.

Rangers activate Cole Hamels; send down Drew Robinson

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Texas Rangers today announced that left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Monday night’s game in Cleveland.

Toi make room for Hamels, INF-OF Drew Robinson has been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock.

Hamels was placed on the DL on May 3, retroactive to April 30, after sustaining a right oblique strain while warming up for his start on May 2 at Houston. He was 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA (1 ER/8.2 IP) in a pair of rehab starts with Double-A Frisco, June 16 vs. San Antonio (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R-ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 35 pitches) and June 21 vs. Midland (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R-ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR, 81 pitches).

Hamels is 2-0, 3.03 in five starts with Texas this season. He last started on April 26 against Minnesota, defeating the Twins, 14-3 (6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R-ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 99 pitches).

Robinson is 2-for-6 with a homer and one RBI in two games over three stints with the Rangers this season. He had his first two major league hits, a home run and double, in a start at second base on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

 

Joey Gallo Update

Infielder Joey Gallo had his sore left hamstring examined by Rangers’ Assistant Team Physician Dr. Shane Seroyer on Sunday in Arlington. The exam determined no structural damage. Gallo received an injection and rejoined the club today. He is the lineup for tonight’s game in Cleveland.

Rangers power up for big lead, hold off Yankees 7-6

NEW YORK (AP) — Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson each homered off Michael Pineda to build a seven-run lead, and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the New York Yankees 7-6 on Sunday.

Robinson’s solo shot was his first major league hit and put Texas up 7-0 in the fourth inning. The Rangers improved to 11-5 over their past 16 games but had to resist New York’s powerful offense to do it.

After homers from Gary Sanchez and Ronald Torreyes helped pull the Yankees within a run, Keone Kela worked around Chase Headley’s leadoff double for a scoreless eighth, and Matt Bush struck out Sanchez with a runner aboard to cap his ninth save.

Before the game, New York hosted its 71st Old Timers’ Day, and for the first time since 2012, the Yankees staged the event while in first place. That was before Pineda (7-4) gave up seven runs in four innings, though, and the team has lost 10 of 12 since reaching a season-high 15 games over .500.

Nick Martinez (3-3) gave up four runs in five innings, including a three-run homer to Sanchez.

In the seventh inning, Didi Gregorius lofted what would have been a go-ahead three-run homer down the right field line, but the ball was foul by about a foot. Gregorius singled off Alex Claudio to drive in a run and make it 7-6, but Sanchez was thrown out at third to end the inning.

Beltre had a two-run shot in the first inning, his third homer since beginning the season on the disabled list with a strained right calf. Choo drove a three-run shot into the second deck beyond right field in the second inning, his 12th of the year.

The Yankees scored four runs in the fifth inning after a miscue by Texas. Martinez struck out Austin Romine with two outs and a runner on first, but catcher Jonathan Lucroy didn’t block the ball in the dirt, allowing Romine to reach safely on a wild pitch.

Aaron Judge followed with an RBI single in the next at-bat, and then Sanchez homered into Monument Park in center field, his 13th of the season.

Judge had two hits and two walks.

Torreyes hit his second homer of the season for the Yankees, a leadoff shot in the seventh that made it 7-5.

The LSU Tigers defeated Oregon State to advance to CWS finals

The LSU Tigers defeated Oregon State 6-1 in the bracket 1 finals of the college world series in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday to advance to the CWS finals. LSU will play the winner of Saturday nights bracket 2 final which will be either TCU or Florida.

LSU Tigers Oregon State CWS

LSU downed the Beavers 3-1 Friday in an elimination game forcing Saturday’s  winner take final game.

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Worth the wait: Bibens-Dirkx pitches Rangers past Yanks 8-1

NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Bibens-Dirkx pitched seven dazzling innings in his first shot at the New York Yankees after 12 seasons in the minors, and Carlos Gomez homered for the Texas Rangers in their 8-1 victory Saturday.

Robinson Chirinos also went deep and Elvis Andrus had a pair of run-scoring hits for the Rangers, who rebounded quickly from a difficult defeat that ended at 12:19 a.m. The teams were back on the field less than 13 hours after New York rallied to win the rain-delayed series opener 2-1 in 10 innings, and Bibens-Dirkx (3-0) lulled the Yankees’ bats to sleep.

The 32-year-old rookie, promoted to the majors last month for the first time, allowed only Aaron Judge’s major league-leading 26th home run in his fourth big league start. Filling a spot in Texas’ injury-depleted rotation lately, the right-hander scattered five hits and walked one while striking out three on 93 efficient pitches.

Not a bad Yankee Stadium debut for a guy who was pitching in the independent Atlantic League last year and bounced all around the minors before finally getting his chance.

Fittingly, his unusual name is misspelled in the player development section of Texas’ media guide, missing the “x″ in Bibens-Dirkx.

New York, which began the day leading the AL East by a percentage point over Boston, has dropped nine of 11. Texas has won 10 of 15.

Luis Cessa (0-2) flashed sharp stuff in his 11th major league start and second this season. Pitching in place of injured CC Sabathia, the right-hander struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with three runs and three hits.

Gomez hit a two-run shot off Cessa in the fourth and Texas broke it open with four in the ninth against struggling reliever Tyler Clippard, including a two-run double by Shin-Soo Choo.

Gomez also scored on a wild pitch from Clippard, booed heartily by the crowd of 40,225.

 

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Young slugger Joey Gallo was out of the lineup to rest a sore hamstring. … LHP Martin Perez was placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, after injuring the thumb on his non-pitching hand in an accident at the team hotel Thursday night. INF-OF Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. Perez ripped off the finger nail and broke a bone at the tip of his right thumb when he caught it in the hinge of a door, the team said. He joins fellow starters Cole Hamels, Andrew Cashner and A.J. Griffin on the DL. … Hamels (right oblique strain) came out of Friday’s bullpen session fine and is set to start Monday night in Cleveland. Cashner (left oblique strain) threw a 41-pitch bullpen and said he felt good. He will be re-evaluated Sunday and is a candidate to start Thursday at Cleveland. … Ex-Yankee Pete Kozma played shortstop instead of Andrus, who was the DH.

Yankees: LF Brett Gardner and C Gary Sanchez were rested after the long night Friday. … 3B Chase Headley missed his third consecutive game due to back spasms. … RHP Adam Warren (shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to play catch.

 

UP NEXT

Rangers: Coming off a terrific performance in a win over Toronto, RHP Nick Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Martinez played his college ball in the Bronx at nearby Fordham, where he was primarily a second baseman. He has made three previous starts at Yankee Stadium, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Yankees: The 71st annual Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium is scheduled to feature Hall of Famers Whitey Ford, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Joe Torre and 2017 inductee Tim Raines, who will be recognized during a special ceremony. In addition, longtime catcher Jorge Posada plans to make his Old Timers’ Day debut. Once the former players are done, RHP Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56) takes the mound for New York. Pineda is 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA in eight home starts this season but 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in five career games against Texas.

Gomez powers Rangers past Blue Jays to keep Toronto below .500

ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Gomez was munching on a doughnut and a piece of watermelon simultaneously before the game, when he predicted he would hit a home run.

Then there was the recording of a rooster call the Texas centre fielder wanted played for one of his teammates.

Turns out things went even better than he planned.

Gomez went deep twice for a career high-matching five RBIs and the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series.

“I’ve been feeling really well at the plate the last couple of games, and I’ve been keeping up the good work,” said Gomez, who has five homers in his six games since returning from the disabled list after missing a month with a right hamstring strain.

Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos also homered for the Rangers (36-36), won for the ninth time in 13 games to get back to .500 before playing 20 of their next 26 games on the road.

After his pregame snack, Gomez had sent a recording of a rooster call to the public address announcer, asking it to be played for Rangers slugger Joey Gallo, whose last name in Spanish translates to rooster.

Instead, the call got played when Gomez came to bat in the second inning and had a single.

“I want to put it up to make fun of him, so they confused it and put it on mine,” Gomez said.

That rooster call got played again after Gomez hit a three-run shot in the third that ricocheted off the left-field foul pole and put Texas up 6-0. He added a two-run homer in the seventh.

“When he’s locked in, he’s extremely challenging, he’s a true professional hitter with a ton of power,” manager Jeff Banister said.

The Blue Jays (35-37), who beat Texas in the AL Division Series each of the past two seasons, lost for the ninth straight time when they had a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season. They have been outscored 73-24 in those nine losses.

“It’s been a battle trying to get back to that .500 mark. … It seems we get knocked around pretty good on that day,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. “If it was a team that never won big games and hadn’t experienced it, I’d look at it differently. We just can’t seem to give over that hump yet, and we will.”

Martin Perez (4-6) went six innings, and all four runs he allowed came with two outs in the fifth. The lefty struck out three, walked two and hit a batter.

Marcus Stroman (7-4) matched a career high allowing seven runs over four innings, giving up three homers. The right-hander has lost consecutive starts after going 6-0 in his 10 games before that.

“The long ball hurt me,” Stroman said. “Just didn’t have a good feel of my sinker and all of the other pitches kind of played off of that. I’ll make a few adjustments.”

 

BELTRE WATCH

Adrian Beltre put the Rangers ahead to stay with an RBI double in the first. Beltre added another double in the seventh, his 2,962nd hit, one behind Sam Crawford for 33rd all-time. He had a sacrifice fly in the eighth for his 1,587th RBI.

 

SHORT HOPS

The Rangers won four games during the seven-game homestand. They scored at least 10 runs in three of those wins. … Chirinos, the No. 2 catcher, homered for the fourth time in his past seven starts. He also doubled twice. … Shin-Soo Choo walked twice, making the eighth consecutive game he has reached base multiple times. He has reached base in 28 of 56 plate appearances his past 12 games.

 

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson was a late scratch from the lineup as the DH because of left knee soreness. … LF Steve Pearce didn’t play a day after bruising his right knee when crashing into the wall on Joey Gallo’s inside-the-park home run.

Rangers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress (strained lower back muscle) was put on the 10-day DL, and RHP Preston Claiborne’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock. Jeffress first felt something wrong when warming up before pitching Tuesday. “The next morning I couldn’t get up out of bed,” he said.

 

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (2-4) starts the opener of a weekend series in Kansas City.

Rangers: Yu Darvish (6-5) pitches against the New York Yankees in his first MLB matchup against fellow Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka (5-7).

Dak Prescott seeks to be equally great off the playing field as on it

HAUGHTON, Louisiana — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott earned Pro Bowl honors and led his club to the best record in football at 13-3 in just his rookie season. His future is as luminous as the sun during the summer solstice.

But the 23-year-old hopes being great outside the white lines is also how he is remembered at the end of his career.

“I hope at the end of my career everyone says I was a great player and just as good a person off the field,” said Prescott at his eponymous Pro Camp held at Harold E. Harland Field. “And I think this gives me that opportunity to showcase what I’m trying to do and give back to the kids and change the lives of these kids.”

It was the second of three camps the Pro Bowler has put on from Starkville, Mississippi to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

The remarks echo comments made by tight end Jason Witten at his ninth annual Pro Camp in May when asked what it meant to use the vehicle of pro football to give back to the community.

Said Witten: “I hope that’s a huge part of my legacy as a player. Certainly it’s to catch seam passes and hopefully ultimately to compete for a championship. But along the way, you have a great opportunity as role models.”

Though Prescott envisioned suiting up in the NFL while playing for the Haughton Buccaneers in the late 2000’s, he couldn’t have fathomed how quickly his success with the Cowboys would have come.

“I always had high expectations for myself,” Prescott said. “So, I knew it took a lot of hard work and knew it back then. So, that’s what was important to me back then.”

Nearly 750 kids grades first through eighth attended Prescott’s camp and received as much personal instruction as possible.

Joe Delaney remembered at Dak Prescott’s inaugural Haughton Pro Camp

HAUGHTON, Louisiana — Dak Prescott, the new most-famous former resident of Haughton, says he is pleased with the efforts to memorialize his predecessor.
At Prescott’s eponymous camp presented by Adidas on Thursday at Harold E. Harland Field, a tribute was made to Joe Delaney, who died at the age of 24 years old rescuing drowning children in a pond after completing his second year as running back with the Kansas City Chiefs
“It really makes me happy,” said Prescott. “It really does. We had the field out here with nothing on it called ‘The Park.’ But it’s actually good to see the park up and a place where kids can go. I know the Delaney family. So, I’m sure that’s something they’re happy for. I can only imagine how happy Joe would be to see it and to see everything going the way it should be going.”
Nearly 750 kids showed up for Prescott’s camp. Two years prior when Prescott was entering his senior season at Mississippi State, there was nowhere near the turnout.
Said Prescott: “I think the number of kids from that camp to this camp explains what the last two years have been like. So, I mean, it’s been a blast being drafted, having the year we had with the Cowboys, my last couple of years in college. It was great. Just the support I get from all the kids coming out, their parents, staying in the stands and hanging around just shows the love this town I have and they have for me.”
Prescott caught the attention of the Bulldogs with his play for the Haughton Buccaneers on the very field he held camp for first through eighth graders. The 23-year-old hearkened back to the early to mid-2000’s and shared what his thoughts were.
“Basically be where I’m at now playing in the NFL,” Prescott said on what he dreamed about. “I wanted to play for the Cowboys and believed it when I was their age and just took a lot of hard work. And that’s kind of my message to these kids is that they can do it.”
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