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Top Ezequiel Duran News

  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Exposed to OF

    Duran started in left field and went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk in Tuesday's spring game against the Royals.

    Duran raked during the spring, posting a .357/.390/.714 line over 26 games. That alone should cement his roster spot, but manager Bruce Bochy told Dave Sessions of that Duran's most intriguing trait has been defensive versatility. In addition to 58 innings at third base and 27 at shortstop, Duran played 28.2 innings in left field. "If you look at who may have been a surprise in Spring Training, he would be right there at the top," Bochy said. "How well he's handled everything -- every position I've put him at, including shortstop and the outfield." The Rangers suddenly find themselves in need of outfield depth with Leody Taveras (oblique) expected to land on the injured list.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Pushes for roster spot

    Duran has slashed .352/.375/.704 with three home runs and 15 RBI over 24 spring games.

    Duran, who belted his third Cactus League home run Saturday after swatting two Thursday, is doing everything he can to make the Opening Day roster. His 10 extra-base hits lead the team. In addition to the work at the plate, the 23-year-old has appeared at second base, shortstop, third base and the outfield. A utility spot is up for grabs, and it appears Duran and Josh Smith (thumb) are the primary contenders. Smith's injury is recent -- he was scratched from Saturday's game -- but he offers better defense in the outfield, while Duran may need more reps there. The Rangers will decide whether Duran's bat is more valuable than Smith's defense.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Optioned to Triple-A

    Duran was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday.

    Duran appeared to be in line for a reduced role with the Rangers since Josh Jung is expected to make his major-league debut Friday. However, Duran will ultimately be sent to the minors after Josh Smith was recalled from Round Rock following a strong performance at Triple-A over the last two and a half weeks. Duran has hit .236 with five homers, 25 runs, 25 RBI and four stolen bases over 58 big-league games this season but should see regular at-bats in the minors.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Role could be reduced

    Duran could experience a reduction in playing time when the Rangers call up prospect Josh Jung, who will make his debut Friday, Kennedi Landry of reports.

    Duran made his MLB debut June 4 and played mostly at third base since, but that position is expected to be Jung's in preparation for what should be full-time job in 2023. Duran can also play second base but is blocked by Marcus Semien; he has experience in the outfield, but Bubba Thompson has emerged as a potential everyday player in left field while Leody Taveras is making a home in center. Duran may revert to a super-utility role.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Delivers two in win

    Duran went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Houston.

    Duran snapped a six-game streak without an RBI when he doubled home a pair of runs in the second inning. The rookie infielder has 25 RBI over 57 games.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Not in Thursday's lineup

    Duran is out of the lineup for Thursday's game at Boston.

    Duran started the past 10 games and will receive a day off after he posted a .696 OPS during that span. Charlie Culberson will take over at the hot corner and bat eighth Thursday.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Goes yard in loss

    Duran went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Astros.

    The Rangers' youth movement provided all the offense for Texas, as Duran and Bubba Thompson each swatted solo shots. The blast was Duran's fifth, including his second in the last four games. The team is committed to him as its primary third baseman for the rest of the season, but 2023 may be a different story. Josh Jung, the organization's top prospect, is at Triple-A Round Rock and knocking on the MLB door.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Hits three-run homer

    Duran went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's victory over Detroit.

    Duran knocked in Leody Taveras and Mark Mathias on a second-inning shot to put Texas up 4-0. It was his fourth home run of the year and his second this month. Duran has essentially taken over third base, with a .251 batting average since his call-up in June and a .264 average this month.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Sitting against righty

    Duran is not in Friday's lineup against the Twins.

    He will sit for the second time in the last three games. Josh Smith, who is hitting eighth against righty Dylan Bundy, may have a loose hold on the strong side of a platoon at third base.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Retreats to bench

    Duran isn't starting Wednesday against Oakland.

    Duran snapped an eight-game hitting streak Tuesday against the Athletics by going 0-for-3 with a walk, and he'll head to the bench for the second time in the last three matchups a day later. Josh Smith is starting at the hot corner and batting eighth.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Day off Tuesday

    Duran is not in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Astros, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Duran will get a breather after he went 4-for-11 with a homer, a double, two RBI and two runs during the team's three-game series against the White Sox. Brad Miller will take over at designated hitter and bat ninth in the series opener.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Hits third homer

    Duran went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI fielder's choice in an 8-0 win over the White Sox on Saturday.

    Duran showed why scouts admire the raw power in his bat by taking a hanging slider from Michael Kopech to the opposite field for his third home run of the season. The 23-year-old infielder was called up after the All-Star break and is slashing .233/.276/.379 in 116 at-bats for the Rangers in his rookie season. Duran is worth watching down the stretch to see if the power he displayed in the minor leagues can translate into success at the major-league level.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Steps out of lineup

    Duran is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the White Sox.

    Duran is 4-for-31 over his last nine contests and will head to the bench for Friday's contest. Josh Smith will take over at third base.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Plates three runs

    Duran went 1-for-4 with a three-run double in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Angels.

    After striking out in each of his first three plate appearances of the day, Duran came up clutch when it mattered most. With one out in a tie game in the top of the ninth, Duran stepped to the plate and delivered a bases-clearing two-bagger to help the Rangers take three of four from the Angels. The 23-year-old rookie has started in each of Texas' last five games and looks like he could handle a near-everyday role while Brad Miller (neck) is on the injured list and while Corey Seager (lower leg) is also at risk of being deactivated.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Contributes off bench

    Duran went 1-for-2 with an RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Seattle.

    Duran, who opened the game on the bench after making five consecutive starts, pinch hit for third baseman Josh Smith with lefty reliever Ryan Borucki on the mound. Duran flied out in his first at-bat but gave Texas a brief lead in the top of the ninth inning with a single, giving him hits in all six games since the break. Of the five Rangers to have started at third base in 2022, Duran's the only one who hasn't been subject to the lefty-righty platoon decisions often employed by manager Chris Woodward.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Registers third steal

    Duran went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.

    Duran hit a single and scored on a wild pitch in the third inning. He also walked and stole second in the fourth, giving him three steals in four attempts this year. The infielder has hit safely in all five games since the All-Star break, going 5-for-17 (.294) in that span. He's started at third base in three of those contests, though it doesn't appear the right-handed hitter is getting platooned since he's started against four righties. In 21 contests overall, Duran has a .266/.301/.418 slash line with two home runs, nine RBI and 13 runs scored.

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  • Rangers' Ezequiel Duran: Makes third straight start

    Duran started at third base and went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Oakland.

    Duran, who was called up following the All-Star break, has started all three games since -- once at second base and the last two at third. The righty hitter has been in the lineup against both lefties and righties, and the Rangers may see how he develops in an everyday role. Duran's hit in all three games and, for now, has marginalized Josh Smith and Charlie Culberson.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 185 lbs
Birthplace: San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
Age: 23
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R