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Top Ezequiel Duran News

  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Replacing Jung at third base

    Duran will fill in at third base for Josh Jung (calf) who is expected to miss multiple weeks, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    The Rangers said Jung will miss a minimum of two-to-three weeks, and they will evaluate him during that time period, although the team expects him to be ready by Opening Day. In the meantime, Duran, who was already expected to get reps at shortstop due to Corey Seager's groin injury, will slide to the hot corner for the start of the Cactus League. That means there will be a lot of Duran and Josh Smith on the left side of the infield this spring, but both Jung and Seager are expected to be ready to go for the regular season.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Joins roster for World Series

    The Rangers added Duran to their World Series roster Tuesday, Kennedi Landry of MLB.com reports.

    Duran will be added to the roster as a replacement for Adolis Garcia, who suffered an oblique injury on a swing during Game 3. Duran slashed .276/.324/.443 across 439 plate appearances during the regular season, but he has yet to register a plate appearance in the postseason and will likely be used off the bench during the final games of the Fall Classic.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Left off Rangers' WC roster

    Duran is not on the Rangers' AL Wild Card Series roster, Jeff Wilson of RangersToday.com reports.

    Duran was a revelation for the Rangers in the first half, but he faded badly after the All-Star break and hardly played down the stretch, so his exclusion from the team's first-round roster doesn't come as a big surprise. The Rangers are carrying three catchers on their roster.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Sitting in third straight

    Duran is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.

    Duran is on the bench for the third straight game and is unlikely to recapture an everyday role over the final two weeks of the season after the Rangers activated Josh Jung (thumb) from the 10-day injured list Monday. After getting off to a hot start to the season at the plate, Duran is slashing just .224/.291/.314 with a 29.5 percent strikeout rate since the All-Star break.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Not starting Wednesday

    Duran is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Astros.

    The 24-year-old has operated as Texas' primary third baseman for most of the last few weeks with Josh Jung (thumb) sidelined, but Duran has a .369 OPS in 32 at-bats since Aug. 25 and will sit Wednesday for the third time in the past four games. Josh Smith will receive another start at the hot corner and bat eighth.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Absent from lineup again

    Duran is not in the lineup for Monday's tilt versus the Astros.

    It's the second game in a row that Duran has yielded to Josh Smith at third base. Duran had gone 0-for-11 with four strikeouts in his previous three contests.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Sitting Sunday

    Duran is out of the lineup Sunday against Minnesota.

    Duran will take a seat after going 0-for-11 with four strikeouts across his last three games. Josh Smith will draw the start at third base Sunday and bat eighth.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Gets Sunday off

    Duran is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.

    Duran will get a maintenance day after he started at third base in each of the past seven games while going 7-for-23 with three walks, four runs and a stolen base. Josh Smith will fill in for Duran at the hot corner Sunday.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Takes seat Friday

    Duran is absent from the lineup Friday versus the Brewers.

    Mitch Garver will fill the DH role and Josh Smith will cover first base as the Rangers take on right-hander Brandon Woodruff. Duran, a right-handed hitter, has done most of his damage against lefties this season.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Fighting out of slump

    Duran went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Giants.

    Duran beat out an infield groundball to short, which enabled J.P. Martinez to score the tying run with two outs in the ninth inning. It was the second straight multi-hit effort for Duran, who is fighting out of a slump. The outfielder/infielder had hit .156 (10-for-64) over 21 games before going 6-for-11 during the three-game series against San Francisco.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Homer shy of cycle

    Duran went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double and two RBI in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Giants.

    Duran also had a sacrifice fly in the contest, but he came up a homer shy of the cycle. He was in the lineup at designated hitter for a second straight game after he was hit on the hand by a pitch Wednesday. Duran should maintain a near-everyday role at least until Jonah Heim (wrist) returns to action, which could push Mitch Garver into the DH spot more frequently. Duran is slashing .282/.328/.483 with 14 home runs, six stolen bases, 42 RBI, 44 runs scored, 18 doubles and two triples over 93 contests.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Serves as DH on Friday

    Duran started at designated hitter and went 1-for-4 in Friday's 2-1 win over the Giants.

    Duran was hit on the hand during Wednesday's game but stayed in the contest after being attended to by trainers. That he was able to go Friday indicates no lingering effects.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Hit on hand, stays in game

    Duran was hit by a pitch on his left hand Wednesday and stayed in the game after being attended to by trainers, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He went 0-for-1 with a walk in a 2-0 loss to Oakland.

    The Rangers are off Thursday, and Duran is presumed to be available Friday when Texas resumes its road trip in San Francisco. He's slashing .156/.260/.266 since the All-Star break.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 185 lbs
Birthplace: San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
Age: 24
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R