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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rougned Odor homered twice, and A.J. Griffin also went a little deeper for the Texas Rangers.Odor hit a ball into the second deck of seats for the second game in a row, along with another solo shot that just cleared the wall, and Griffin had his longest outing in seven starts since coming off the disabled list in the Rangers 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.I felt like that was a big step. I made a little adjustment in my delivery. I was more direct to the target, said Griffin, who was out of the majors the past two seasons after Tommy John surgery. Two years off from pitching is a long time. It caught up with me a little bit. I feel like I am getting that second wind. My shoulders responding a lot better with each outing.Griffin (4-1) is the only Texas starter other than All-Star lefty Cole Hamels with a win in July.The right-hander has been back just over a month from the disabled list, getting sidelined by right shoulder stiffness after going 3-1 in six starts through the first week of May. He struck out one and walked two while throwing 66 of 98 pitches for strikes in 5 2/3 innings.Probably the best hes used the up-to-down game, manager Jeff Banister said. The high fastball, low fastball, cutter, not really focusing on one location at the plate.Jurickson Profar also homered for the AL West-leading Rangers, and scored three runs.Odors solo homer in the first put Texas up 3-0 against Edinson Volquez (8-9). That 443-foot drive into the second deck in right field came a night after Odors 465-footer that is the longest in his career. His 21st homer, in the seventh, barely cleared the 8-foot wall in right.I dont try to hit homers, but if I hit it I feel good, Odor said.Eric Hosmer homered for the defending World Series champion Royals, who dropped to 10 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central. It is the first time Kansas City, also the AL champion in 2014, has been 10 games back in the division since a 10 1/2-game deficit on Aug. 31, 2013.Offense has been sporadic. Its just been tough. You just come to the ballpark the next day ready to find a way to win a game, manager Ned Yost said. Keep grinding away. ... Your mindset is theres a couple months left of baseball to play.FROM NONE TO SOMETexas loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth without scoring, but Profar and Nomar Mazara had consecutive doubles to start the fifth. An inning later, Profar hit his fifth homer of the season.HOSMER HOMERAfter Lorenzo Cain was hit by a pitch with two outs in the sixth, Hosmer snapped an 0-for-14 slump with his 14th homer. That got the Royals within 5-2 and chased Griffin.SHORT HOPSVolquez allowed nine hits and six runs while striking out five in six innings. .. Reliever Dario Alvarez made his Rangers debut, two days after coming in a trade from Atlanta. The lefty allowed singles to the only two batters he faced to start the seventh. ... Veteran RHP Kyle Lohse, who allowed 13 runs in 9 1/3 innings while losing both of his Texas starts, declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and became a free agent.TRAINERS ROOMRoyals: Cain played for the first time since June 28 after missing 25 games because of a left hamstring strain. He was reactivated from the disabled list, and rookie OF Brett Eibner was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. ... RHP Luke Hochevar (thoracic outlet syndrome) will get a second opinion Monday from another specialist in Kansas City after a Dallas specialist on Friday recommended season-ending surgery.Rangers: Slugger Prince Fielders season-ending surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk in his neck went as expected. ... LHP Derek Holland, on the 60-day DL with left shoulder inflammation and not eligible to come back before Aug. 20, said he wasnt tired after throwing a 42-pitch bullpen session. He is scheduled to throw live batting practice Tuesday.UP NEXTRoyals: RHP Ian Kennedy (6-9) is 0-3 in five starts this month. He is also 0-2 in three career starts against the Rangers.Rangers: Lefty Martin Perez (7-7) was 4-0 in five starts in June, but goes into his sixth start in July still without a win. Hes 0-3 this month, and has allowed 29 runs (22 earned) his last four starts. Custom Toronto Blue Jays Jerseys . 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BOSTON -- At the beginning of the year, Boston College set its sights on making it back to the postseason.With two games to go in the regular season, the Eagles have no margin for error if they want to get there.The Eagles (4-6) will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they return home for a senior day matchup with UConn (3-7) on Saturday.BC had gotten back to .500 two weeks ago when it snapped its 12-game ACC losing streak at N.C. State. That momentum quickly dissipated, however, following back-to-back blowout losses to Louisville (52-7) and at Florida State (45-7) last week.But with the possibility of a bowl berth still a looming if they can beat the Huskies Saturday and win at Wake Forest next week, quarterback Patrick Towles said there isnt any time to dwell on the past.We dropped probably one or two that we probably shouldnt have dropped, Towles said. But we still have an opportunity. Weve still got two winnable games the next two weeks to go down and get our postseason berth. So the next two weeks are huge, but if we dont win this one, then the last one doesnt really matter.If BC can return to a bowl, it would go a long way toward coach Steve Addazio returning for his fifth season. The Eagles went 3-9 last season after making bowl appearances in each of Addazios first two seasons in 2013 and 2014.UConn is coming off a much needed bye week, having lost four straight. The Huskies last won more than a month ago, beating Cincinnati.Coach Bob Diaco said the week off came at a good time as his team tries to build some momentum over its final two games.The energy was different. Turned the switch back on, Diaco said. Its a tough-minded group. Everyones disappointed with what the season results, from a win-loss standpoint, have been. BBut theres also great clarity on reasons why, and (the team is) resolute to fixing the issues.ddddddddddddHere are some other things to watch for in Saturdays game:SERIES HISTORY: BC and UConn are facing each other for the first time since 2004. The Eagles lead the series 10-0-2 and have won nine straight.LOOKING FOR POINTS: UConn comes into Saturdays matchup in an offensive slump. The Huskies have been outscored 62-3 in their last two losses to East Carolina and Temple. But theyll face an Eagles team that currently ranks last in the FBS in total offense, gaining just 295.5 yards per game.SENIOR DAY: The Eagles will have a pregame ceremony for their 17-member senior class, which includes three graduate players.RYANS RETURN: BC will retire former standout quarterback Matt Ryans jersey at halftime on Saturday. Ryan passed for 56 TDs and more than 9,000 yards at BC, and capped off his career by being selected third overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2008 NFL draft. He is the schools highest draft pick ever in any sport.Addazio said that a player like Ryan who, including his redshirt season, spent five years in the program, is an example of the kind of player the Eagles are trying to cultivate now.At BC, its critically important, the developmental program, Addazio said. Its a program that has to be consistent, and you develop your players, and as you get into the latter two years, they really become mature mentally and physically, and those are your best teams.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25---Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightower ' ' '

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