Rangers’ Choo looks to extend streak against Twins

Shin-Soo Choo will try to reach base for a 36th consecutive game Saturday when the Texas Rangers continue their three-game series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

The 35-year-old Rangers outfielder extended his streak to 35 games Friday night with a two-run homer against Fernando Romero.

His streak is the second longest in baseball this season, trailing only Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera, who reached in 40 straight games. It’s the longest by a Rangers player since Mark Teixeira made it on base in 36 straight games in 2006.

Julio Franco holds the franchise record for a season with 46 straight games and Will Clark reached in 58 straight games at the end of the 1995 and start of 1996 seasons.

Gallardo posted a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts for Triple-A Round Rock and was called up to face Colorado last Sunday. He allowed five runs and six hits while striking out four in a no-decision.

I thought Yo threw the ball well, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. It was similar to what we’ve seen in the past from Yo. He gave up a couple of soft hits, the walks are something not typical of Yo, but he managed the game and was able to give us some length.

I love it as much today as I had when I started 23 years ago, Vinatieri told Colts.com. I’m not looking to hang them up anytime soon, unless something happens that needs to be that way.

I guess I’ll take these one year at a time and see where it ends up, he said. I would anticipate if I can stay healthy and be productive, I can anticipate catching up to Morten (Andersen) midseason or thereabout, and I guess at the end of the year I’d be 46.

If Vinatieri — who has made 559 field goals in his career — makes seven field goals this season, he’ll pass Andersen (565) for most kicked in a career. He also needs only 58 points to pass Andersen on the career points list. Anderson tops the list with 2,544 points; Vinatieri has 2,487.

We know he’s a tough kid and all that, but it’s going to be a little while until he’s back, Indians manager Terry Francona said. He’s going to be OK, but he’s missing out on the at-bats we really want him to get.

Tigers: RHP Johnny Barbato (sore arm) gave up Alonso’s grand slam and was placed on the disabled list. Detroit also optioned 3B Ronny Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo and recalled RHP Artie Lewicki.

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