Report: Rangers showing “sustained interest” in Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn

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The Rangers signed free agent pitcher Doug Fister on Sunday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4 million with a club option for the 2019 season. Jon Morosi reports that the Rangers are still on the hunt for pitching, showing “sustained interest” in free agents Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.

Adding a pitcher like Cobb or Lynn would help solidify the Rangers’ rotation behind Cole Hamels. As it stands, the Rangers’ rotation behind Hamels would include Martin Perez, Nick Martinez, A.J. Griffin, and someone from the minor leagues.

Cobb, 30, finished the 2017 season 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA and a 128/44 K/BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings.

Lynn, 30, went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA and a 153/78 K/BB ratio in 186 1/3 innings. It was a necessary performance for him after missing the 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.