Mark Prior tosses scoreless inning at Triple-A for Rangers

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Mark Prior signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers last week and made his Triple-A debut yesterday, tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Oklahoma City.
Prior, who convinced the Rangers to sign him after pitching well and showing good velocity as a reliever for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League, loaded the bases with two singles and a walk before wriggling out of the fourth-inning jam.
It was his first action in the majors or (non-independent) minors since way back in 2006 and the Rangers seemingly didn’t sign Prior with the intention of calling him up this season, but he could be a relief option in Texas or elsewhere next year.

Danny Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in dugout

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White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.

Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.

The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.