Jurickson Profar

Hamels shines in Rangers' 1-0 win over Astros; Springer hurt

Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister said there was a noticeable edge to starter Cole Hamels when he took the mound on Friday night against the Houston Astros and that he "had that face."

Hamels put his early season woes behind him, allowing just one hit over six innings to narrowly outduel Justin Verlander in a 1-0 win over the Astros.

Hamels (2-4) acknowledged that he did put extra pressure on himself to right the ship for the Rangers, who entered the day 15-24 at the bottom of the AL West standings.

"The situation of what's going on, what we're trying to accomplish and what we haven't been able to accomplish -- a lot of it starts from the top with...