HOUSTON - MAY 18: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers ducks to avoid being hit in the head by a pitch by Rhiner Cruz #55 of the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 18, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
A quarter of the way to winning the Silver Boot!
Jeff Wilson's game story sings the praises of the bullpen, which had to do more work than usual, but shut the Astros down last night.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about the Rangers' balance in defeating the Astros.
Calvin Watkins has his "Rapid Reaction" at the ESPN Dallas blog.
Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes about Ron Washington's "tough love" with Neftali Feliz yesterday.
Nolan Ryan said yesterday that he expects Josh Hamilton to test free agency this offseason, and said that they expect to know in late November or early December what it will cost to keep him. That makes it fairly unlikely that Hamilton will be re-signed by the Rangers.
Drew Davison talks to some Rangers about expanding instant replay.
Evan Grant writes that, despite some thoughts that David Murphy would be a true starter this season, the Rangers have gone with a strict platoon with Murphy and Craig Gentry.
The S-T's notes talk about Nolan Ryan's comments about re-signing Josh Hamilton during the season and the slumps of Michael Young and Mike Napoli.
Sullivan's notes hit on Joe Nathan being unavailable today after pitching in the last four games and Michael Young playing this weekend despite his slump.
Grant writes that the Rangers may juggle the rotation to give Colby Lewis some extra rest before his next start.
Jonathan Mayo has some notes on Jorge Alfaro's injury and both the pitchers the Rangers traded for Mike Adams landing on the disabled list.