Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings against the Reds on Friday.
Shark threw his fourth consecutive quality start and has now allowed just four earned runs over 28 innings (1.29 ERA) this season. While he's kept the opposition off-balance and off the scoreboard, Samardzija is not posting his usual strikeout totals. In fact, he's only got a 22:7 K:BB which is down nearly two strikeouts per game from his career average. He'll look to fix that when he faces a free-swinging Arizona team his next time out.ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Rangers released Ryan Ludwick on Sunday.
Ludwick was notified a couple days back that he would not be making the big-league team and was allowed to search for another team. He has struggled in Spring Training and hasn't been able to get over the .700 OPS mark the last two seasons. The Rangers will look internally to create outfield options for the 2015 season. Analysis: Rob Trayah