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Ex-Ray Peña returns to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — Carlos Peña is back in the majors with the team that drafted him in the first round quite a while ago.

Peña, 36, rejoined the Rangers on Tuesday, a week after signing a minor-league deal and going to Triple-A Round Rock, and 13 years after making his major-league debut with Texas. He was the 10th overall pick in 1998.

"God is good, man. Here I am, where it all started for me, and it's truly very special," Peña, whose best seasons came with the Rays, said Tuesday. "Just to think back where it all started … this is crazy. I was looking at a picture I had of my first at-bat ever, and it was with a Rangers uniform. My wife sent it to me this morning."

The Rangers designated 1B/OF Brad Snyder for assignment when they purchased Peña's contract from Round Rock.

Since losing Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland to season-ending injuries, the Rangers had Snyder splitting time at first base with Donnie Murphy. Neither Snyder nor Murphy had played first base in the major leagues before this season.

"We just brought in a first baseman to play first base, and he has a presence," manager Ron Washington said. "He may be a little older, but he has presence."

TRIBUTE TO REPORTER: The Rangers observed a pregame moment of silence for veteran sports reporter Richard Durrett, who died unexpectedly on June 17 at age 38. Durrett's primary beat in the Dallas area for ESPN was the Rangers.

DODGERS: SS Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch after feeling soreness in his right shoulder.

METS: C Travis d'Arnaud was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .436 (24-for-55) with six homers in 15 games after batting .180 in 128 at-bats in the majors.

ORIOLES: 3B Manny Machado will have a hearing today on his appeal of a five-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Machado was suspended June 10 for intentionally throwing his bat toward A's 3B Josh Donaldson two days earlier. Baltimore opens a series against the Rays on Friday.

PHILLIES: OF Grady Sizemore, released by the Red Sox last week, agreed to a minor-league contract.

REDS: LH reliever Sean Marshall had season-ending shoulder surgery after making 15 appearances this season.

RED SOX: RHP Clay Buchholz, out since late May with a hyperextended left knee, was set to return to the rotation today.

ROCKIES: RHP Christian Bergman went on the 15-day disabled list after an MRI exam revealed a broken bone near the base of his left thumb. He's expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

ROYALS: LHP Bruce Chen, out since April 24 with a bulging disc in his back, was activated from the 60-day disabled list and sent to the bullpen in a long relief role.

YANKEES: RF Carlos Beltran shut down his throwing program after feeling tightness in his right forearm following a session. Beltran has been limited to DH duty since coming off the disabled list June 5. … LHP CC Sabathia threw two innings in Tampa in his first simulated game since going on the disabled list in May with a knee injury and said he had "no issues." … RH reliever Heath Bell, who started the season with the Rays, was released after five outings at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Ex-Ray Peña returns to Rangers 06/24/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 9:46pm]
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