Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 27: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers throws against Alexi Casilla #12 of the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 27, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

And the Rangers go for the split today, with Scott Baker taking the mound for Minnesota.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about the latest episode in the Rangers' ongoing struggles against the Minnesota Twins, a team that has had their number for going on five years now.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about the Rangers' struggles of late against lefties, and mentions that the Rangers thought, at one point yesterday morning, they were close to landing Carlos Beltran.

Richard Durrett has his post-game thoughts up at ESPN Dallas.

Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes about the Rangers' struggles against lefthanders.

Elvis Andrus had a costly caught stealing yesterday, when he tried to take third with one out, and says afterwards that he was trying to do too much.

Joey Matches writes about Neftali Feliz and the "lack of fire" that Ron Washington talked about yesterday.

Sullivan also has a story on Ron Washington's concern about a lack of urgency from Feliz.

With the trade deadline looming, Wilson writes about the Rangers missing out on Carlos Beltran, and the team setting its sights on Heath Bell, with Robbie Erlin mentioned as a player the Padres are interested in.

Drew Davison's notes talk about the work the Rangers' catchers are doing behind the plate, Ron Washington's response to C.J. Wilson saying he was "unlucky" on Tuesday, and Andres Blanco starting a rehab assignment today.

Sullivan's notes have quotes from Rangers prospects about the trade deadline, and talks about Endy Chavez getting the start in center against a lefty.

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