Although the Texas Rangers have never played a game or even had an organised workout in their new $1.2billion stadium, they would prefer to train there instead of returning to Arizona whenever it is time to get back to spring training.

If MLB and the Players' Association can come to an agreement, the season could start in July. That would be preceded by a second spring training, and teams could have the option to have it either in their home ballparks or at their spring camps in Florida or Arizona.

"Our preference would be to stay here in Texas and have spring training 2.0 or however you want to refer to it," Rangers president and general manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday.

"So, if that holds, then we would hold camp here in Arlington."

While the Rangers would not have multiple fields available like at their complex in Surprise, Arizona, the new stadium would provide other resources and many advantages.

"One of the critical pieces here is being able to space people our responsibly and safely, and we're going to have as much or more space than anybody. And brand new, clean, state-of-the-art facilities," Daniels said.

Training in Texas would also allow the Rangers to escape the intense summer heat of Arizona, where manager Chris Woodward still lives. He was already talking about extreme temperatures last week while expressing his preference for workouts in Texas.

"We have more space, certainly indoor space, here. And then, when you look at the reality of the weather in Arizona … yeah, you have six and a half fields, but are you really going to use that when it's 115 [degrees] outside?" Daniels said.

"I don't think the advantage of the more additional fields would have benefited us, that kind of played partially into our decision to stay here."

With the 2020 MLB season in flux amid the coronavirus pandemic, veteran Choo Shin-soo is putting some cash in the pockets of the minor leaguers in the Texas Rangers system, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them.

Choo's gift comes a day after MLB announced it would be giving minor leaguers $400 a week through at least May 31 with the season on hold.

A 15-year major-league veteran who spent parts of seven seasons in the minors, Choo said on Wednesday he knows money can be tight for minor leaguers, especially without a regular pay cheque with no games.

"I will never forget the minor leagues," he said in a conference call.

"I will never forget having to make that decision. Every day, I had to make a schedule of meals. I had to plan things out. I don't want players to have to do the same thing. I don't want them to have to worry about these kinds of things.

"People are really having a tough time. I can help. I can help people because of baseball and I want to give back."

Choo is entering the final year of a seven-year, $130million deal, and is set to be Texas' highest-paid player this season at $21m.

His professional career started in 2001 when he was 18 years old and left South Korea to join the Seattle Mariners.

"Think about 20 years ago, first time I came from Korea, I've got nothing," he said.

"Now a lot of things I have is because of baseball ... So I want to pay back to other people, especially this hard situation in the whole world. I can still help other people, that’s a good thing."

Choo also made a $200,000 donation to the city of Daegu, South Korea, which has been hit hard by coronavirus and is about an hour from where his parents still live.

The Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun revealed he had been cleared for workouts in his recovery from a broken jaw.

Calhoun's tweet was sent the same day that was scheduled to be opening day of the 2020 season before the coronavirus pandemic caused MLB to postpone the games.

His jaw was broken when he was hit in the face by a fastball from the Los Angeles Dodgers' Julio Urias on March 8. He had surgery the next day.

"Got cleared to start doing my daily workouts and baseball activities again," Calhoun wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "Let's go."

The 25-year-old Calhoun is projected to be the Rangers' everyday left-fielder after hitting 21 home runs in 309 at-bats last season and with Texas trading outfielders Delino DeShields and Nomar Mazara in the offseason.

The Texas Rangers have acquired two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians.

In a blockbuster MLB deal on Sunday, the Rangers traded for star pitcher Kluber in exchange for outfielder Delino DeShields and pitching prospect Emmanuel Clase.

An American League (AL) Cy Young winner in 2014 and 2017, three-time All-Star Kluber arrives in Texas after missing most of last season with a fractured ulna bone in his right arm.

"Before last year, Corey was one of the elite pitchers in the game for an extended stretch," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said of the 33-year-old.

"Last year was a little bit of a lost year for him but we think the reasons for it don't necessarily give us pause. In some ways the time off may have been a good thing, a blessing in disguise that he had thrown a lot of innings [418] in the previous two years."

Kluber went 98-58 with a 3.16 ERA and 1,461 strikeouts during his nine seasons with the Indians, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 2015.

Indians president Chris Antonetti added: "These are exceedingly difficult deals to make, but they're important deals for us.

"If you think back to the way in which we acquired Corey was we traded an established, popular, veteran starting pitcher in Jake Westbrook for, at the time, an unheralded pitcher in Double-A with the San Diego Padres.

"If you look at our teams over the course of the last seven seasons and the success we've had has been, in a large degree, attributed to guys who we've acquired in similar-type trades. So, they're painful trades to make oftentimes, but they're trades that make sense and help us be a better team moving forward."

The Nationals now have a crucial advantage in the National League wild-card game following their 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Saturday's victory against the already-eliminated Indians, the Nationals will host the MLB playoff contest at the beginning of October.

Gerardo Parra hit a grand slam in a whopping nine-run second inning to highlight the triumph, which is Washington's seventh consecutive win.

"I don't have to go home and pack," manager Dave Martinez said after the game, via ESPN. "Nice to stay at home. The boys wanted to stay at home, so they came out and swung the bats."

Nationals star Parra finished two of four for the night, along with Ryan Zimmerman, while Daniel Hudson earned the win after pitching one hitless inning.

 

Mets rookie Alonso sets record

Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run on Saturday, which is more than any rookie in MLB history – surpassing Aaron Judge's record set in 2017. The New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 3-0.

Houston Astros star Justin Verlander struck out his 3,000th batter to become just the 18th pitcher to reach the milestone.

Hyun-jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers claimed their 105th win. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in the 2-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

 

Rays struggle against Jays

The Tampa Bay Rays recorded only three hits in a 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays had seven starters lay goose eggs, including Austin Meadows, Jesus Aguilar and Nate Lowe, who all went 0 for four.

Edwin Jackson gave up three runs on four hits in just three innings of work in the Detroit Tigers' 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Detroit split the doubleheader after a 4-3 victory.

 

Soler homers… again

What else do you expect from Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler? (P.S. This was his second home run of the game.)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Villar has power and speed.

 

Saturday's results

Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 4-3 Kansas City Royals
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 7-1 Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Washington Nationals 10-7 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies 9-3 Miami Marlins
New York Mets 3-0 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-6 St Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers 9-4 New York Yankees
Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 6-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 1-0 Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Brewers at Rockies

Sunday marks the last day of the regular season and there is a lot at stake. One of the biggest games will be a must-win contest for the Brewers. They trail the Cardinals by one game after losing on Saturday. A Brewers win along with a Cardinals loss will put the two teams in a tie for first place in the NL Central, which would force Game 163. That is not all. The Rays are hoping for a win of their own, and an A's loss, to force a tie-breaker to decide who gets home-field advantage for the American League wild-card game.

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