Sonny Gray takes liner off of ankle, but is expected to make his next start

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Athletics starter Sonny Gray took a liner off of his right ankle in the bottom of the fourth inning and had to leave after completing the fifth. Gray held the Rays scoreless on four hits and no walks while striking out four.

X-rays came back negative. Manager Bob Melvin doesn’t expect Gray to miss his next scheduled start on Friday against the Yankees, MLB.com’s Troy Provost-Heron reports. That’s good news for the A’s, as Gray owns a 5-2 record with a superb 1.77 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a 61/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Report: Rangers sign Jordan Lyles to two-year, $16 million deal

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.

Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.

The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.