Colby Lewis had a hard time recalling the last time the Texas Rangers swept a series. Lewis pitched seven innings for his 10th victory, Luis Sardinas doubled his career total with four RBIs and Texas finished off a three-game sweep of the slumping Atlanta Braves with a 10-3 win on Sunday. The only other series sweep for Texas this season was April 21-23 in a three-game set at Oakland. The last-place Rangers still have to win at least six of their last 13 games to avoid 100 losses.

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Atlanta Braves shortshop Andrelton Simmons has shown he can make every play on the infield, often with relative ease due to his next-level athleticism and cannon-like right arm. At this point, there’s really no way to successfully challenge him when he’s in his domain, so it appears Simmons is now challenging himself by expanding his jurisdiction to areas far away from his home position. For example, during Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, Simmons decided to pursue Michael Choice’s popup into shallow center field. It wasn’t hit hard, but it was hit high, allowing Simmons to gain ground quickly. Center fielder Emilio Bonafacio ran a long ways, too, and was in position to make the play. Given that he’s the captain of the outfield, it really should have been his play to make. However, he gave way to Simmons, whose back was completely to the infield. It sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, and quite frankly it probably would have been with just about any other shortstop. Just not Simmons. He snatched the ball out of the air, and then instinctively spun and fired a rocket to first base nearly doubling off Luis Sardinas.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor’s go-ahead double gave fellow rookie Lisalverto Bonilla a win in his first major-league start, and the last-place Texas Rangers beat Atlanta 3-2 Saturday, handing the Braves another setback in their push for an NL wild-card spot.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Chirinos is back. So is Derek Holland. The catcher and pitcher led Texas to the win on Friday night.

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Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects to receive a recommendation in the next 30 to 60 days from a committee he formed to deal with the issue of pace of game. Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz is taking part.

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Struggling to keep pace in the NL wild-card race, the Atlanta Braves appear to be catching a break with their series against the lowly Texas Rangers. Giving the ball to Alex Wood would also seem to help their chances of picking up a win. Wood looks to continue his impressive stretch in Friday night’s opener against a Rangers team that’s won once in the last two weeks. Atlanta (75-71) is resigned to the fact it can’t catch NL East-leading Washington, trailing by 8 1/2 games with 16 to play, and has shifted its focus to the wild card.

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  Commissioner Bud Selig visited Safeco Field on Wednesday, where the only remaining African American manager in the major leagues works. Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners became the lone black skipper once the Houston Astros fired Bo Porter and Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers resigned earlier this month. Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves and Rick Renteria of the Chicago Cubs, who are Latino, are the only other managers who happen to be minorities. As recently as 2009, 10 managers who were minorities worked in Major League Baseball. The drop concerns Selig, who has prided himself on the league’s hiring record.

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After winning the first two games without their All-Star third baseman, the Mets now look to end their longest home losing streak to any opponent in Thursday night’s opener with the Nationals. The Mets (71-75) beat Colorado 2-0 on Wednesday for their seventh win in eight games. The surge has made New York relevant in the postseason chase, trailing Pittsburgh by 5 1/2 games for the NL’s second wild-card spot with Atlanta, Milwaukee and Miami in between. “I’m very pleased,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.

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Want saves? They’re out there, but you’ll have to take some major risks to get them.

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