Monday morning Rangers stuff

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: U.S. Futures All-Star Tanner Scheppers #26 of the Texas Rangers throws a pitch during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

What a frustrating homestand.  Anything less than 7-3 would have been a disappointment, and the Rangers went 3-7. 

On the positive side, the Angels have also been in meltdown mode, so Texas is still up 4.5 games.  But you can't help but feel that the Rangers should be up 7.5 or 8.5 games, and that we should be going into the break with the Angels basically dead and buried, rather than still hanging around.

Jeff Wilson's game story says the events from the past week are among the strangest in the history of a team that is notable primarily for its strange history.

Chris Cox, in his game story, says the All Star Break couldn't have come at a better time for the Rangers.

Evan Grant says that, if there was a bright side to the weekend, it was in the performance of Chris Davis, who had good at bats and hasn't struck out yet since returning to the big leagues.

Gerry Fraley has some post-game notes up, as does Tim MacMahon.

Wilson has a story about Elvis Andrus, and how he isn't going to let being an All Star change his team-first approach.

The S-T's notes say that a report that Mark Cuban was joining a group bidding for the Rangers has been denied.

The Rangers' website notes talk about the post-break rotation, which is set up to allow Cliff Lee to start the opener in the series against Anaheim, and the decision to rest Josh Hamilton and Elvis Andrus yesterday.

T.R. Sullivan has a story up about Tanner Scheppers and his appearing in the Futures Game.

Sullivan also has a story about Josh Hamilton being a legit Triple Crown contender.

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