So, yeah, this road trip could have started better. And yesterday's game highlights the vagaries of all star selections, since if the picks were made today, leaving Kevin Millwood (who is 10th in the A.L. in ERA now) off the team suddenly looks more reasonable.
Jeff Wilson says Millwood had trouble with his location last night, which led to his worst start of the season.
Dustin Nippert starts tonight, and Evan Grant thinks that Julio Borbon may be headed to AAA to make room for Nippert on the 25 man roster, with Brandon McCarthy moving to the 60 day d.l. to make room on the 40 man for Nippert.
Nippert thought he was going to only be out a couple of days when he strained a back muscle during spring training. That strain ended up costing him a spot on the Opening Day rotation and keeping him out for several months.
Josh Hamilton had a couple of hits in his return to the lineup. A healthy and productive Hamilton would go a long way towards getting this offense back on track.
The Rangers want to look at David Murphy at first base, with Chris Davis down in AAA. Murphy played first base in high school.