Monday a.m. Rangers things

I would be willing to bet that Eric Byrnes refers to money as "cheddar."

Very nice three game sweep against the M's this past weekend.  Three in Oakland the next three days, and looking at how the schedule shakes out, the Rangers have an opportunity to put a solid stretch together and see if they can stake a claim to the A.L. West.  Continuing to hover around .500 the rest of the month is not acceptable...this is a stretch where the Rangers need to add some wins.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about how the Rangers have moved into first place with their win yesterday, although Ron Washington says being in first right now doesn't mean anything.

T.R. Sullivan's game story has quotes from Elvis Andrus and David Murphy on their big 9th inning hits that led to the tying run.

Evan Grant's post-game comments are here, and Richard Durrett's are here.

Evan Grant has a story up on the key moments from this weekend's series that saw the Rangers move from last to first in the A.L. West.

Frank Francisco believes his early season struggles were related to a mechanical flaw which he has fixed.  If so, I expect he'll be the semi-official closer again sooner rather than later, with Neftali Feliz going back to a setup role.

The S-T's notes include Rich Harden looking forward to his return to Oakland today, and Ron Washington saying he's not concerned about Michael Young's throwing, despite Young's three throwing errors in the past two games.

Grant writes that the Rangers' less-heralded pitchers out-dueled the M's aces this weekend.

Gil Lebreton writes that Ron Washington has survived another slow start to enter May in pretty good shape.

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