ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers catches a pop fly against the Oakland Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Another win in a series opener for the Rangers, with a convincing 10-4 victory over Cleveland last night, featuring a huge night from David Murphy, who has turned his season around in the span of about four weeks.
Jeff Wilson says in his game story that the bats carried the Rangers to victory last night.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about Murphy staking a claim to a spot in the starting lineup.
Richard Durrett has his reactions to last night's victory at ESPN Dallas.
Evan Grant, behind the paywall, writes that the return of Nelson Cruz, along with Murphy's hot streak, means that the Rangers have a logjam in the outfield.
Durrett writes that Murphy will stay in the starting lineup, even when Nelson Cruz is healthy. My guess is that Murphy will starting against righthanders going forward in left field, with Josh Hamilton playing center, while Craig Gentry starts in center against lefthanders.
Anthony Andro writes that Murphy is a good teammate who plays the game the right way and is a native Texan, making him easy to root for.
Drew Davison has a story on AAA pitchers Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez, who the Rangers have brought to Arlington for the next couple of days to see how the major league starters prepare for their starts.
The S-T's notes talk about the 2012 schedule, Nelson Cruz's return, and the plans for the rotation going forward.
Sullivan's notes talk about Cruz, Perez and Ramirez, along with the return of Darren O'Day, who says he's ready to pitch in live game action again.