Carlos Gomez is salvaging his 2016 season with the Rangers

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After homering twice on Saturday night against the Angels, Carlos Gomez had another productive day at the dish on Sunday afternoon, racking up a single and a walk over four plate appearances in a 3-2 loss.

Gomez, 30, was released by the Astros on August 18 with a .594 OPS, his worst offensive performance since his rookie season with the Mets in 2007 as a 21-year-old. He had five home runs and 29 RBI over 323 plate appearances. The Rangers signed him shortly thereafter to help fill the gap left by the injured Shin-Soo Choo.

Gomez’s impact was felt immediately as he drilled a three-run home run in his Rangers debut in the first inning on August 25 against the Indians. Counting Sunday’s performance, he’s hitting .236 /.344/.527 with four dingers and 12 RBI in 64 plate appearances. That’s not quite back to the All-Star level he was at in 2013 and ’14, but pretty close.

At season’s end, Gomez will become eligible for free agency. His late-season performance with the Rangers will help him procure a contract for 2017 whether with the Rangers or another team.

Orioles sign OF Aaron Hicks, put Cedric Mullins on 10-day IL with groin strain

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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Aaron Hicks less than 24 hours after Cedric Mullins went down with a strained right groin.

Mullins went on the 10-day injured list, but the Orioles are hoping Hicks can help defensively in the spacious outfield at Camden Yards. Hicks was released last week by the New York Yankees with more than 2 1/2 seasons left on his contract.

“We had noticed that he was a free agent even before the injury,” Orioles general manager Mike Elias said. “When the injury occurred and it became pretty clear this was going to be an IL, it seemed like a good fit even more so at that time.”

The Orioles are responsible for paying Hicks just $483,871, a prorated share of the $720,000 minimum salary. The Yankees owe him the rest of his $10.5 million salary this year, plus $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and a $1 million buyout of a 2026 team option.

The 33-year-old Hicks hit just .188 in 28 games for the Yankees this year.

“We have stuff that we look at from a scouting and evaluation perspective,” Elias said. “It’s very different from just looking at the back of a baseball card, and we hope that we get a bounceback from anyone we bring here.”

Hicks batted .216 last season.

“Hopefully that’s a good thing for him,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said of the Baltimore deal. “A lot of time here and a lot of good things happened for him here. I know the last couple of years have been a struggle. But hopefully it’s a good opportunity for him and certainly wish him well. Not too well being in our division and a team we’re chasing, but hopefully it’s a really good fit for him.”

Mullins left a loss to Cleveland after he pulled up while running out an infield grounder. Outfielder Colton Cowser – the fifth pick in the draft two years ago – is hitting .331 at Triple-A Norfolk, but he went on the IL in the past couple weeks.

“Certainly he was building a case towards promotion consideration prior to his injury and prior to Cedric’s injury,” Elias said. “We’ll just see where we’re at.”

Hicks was active for the game but not in the starting lineup. Austin Hays, normally Baltimore’s left field, was in Mullins’ usual spot in center.

When the wall in left at Camden Yards was pushed significantly back before last season, it made left field a bigger challenge defensively.

“In this park … you really need two center fielders,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “Aaron’s got a lot of center-field experience. Played left field here before also. Brings the defensive aspect and then the switch-hitting.”