ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 26: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers hits the game winning homerun against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 26, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
The game story on the Rangers' website talks about Hamilton being light-headed during yesterday's game, as he was dealing with a head cold.
Anthony Andro writes in his game story that Hamilton saved the Rangers from what would have been one of the most frustrating losses of the season.
The incessant bunting yesterday late in the game drew a lot of criticism during the game, particularly when the Jays walked Josh Hamilton after Elvis Andrus bunted Ian Kinsler to second in the 9th. If you thought seeing Hamilton walked would change Washington's mind about bunting in that situation, think again:
``I'm not worried about them putting Hamilton on the bag. I've got (Adrian) Beltre and Michael Young coming,'' Washington said. ``They're quality hitters. They drive in runs and they drive in big runs, so if you want to walk Hamilton, go ahead. I did what I had to do to get a runner closer to home plate.''
Elvis feels that, if he gets the chance to swing away in those situations rather than bunt, he can come throw with a big hit -- much like he did in the 13th inning yesterday.
Behind the paywall, the DMN has a story about the possibility of the Rangers drawing 3 million fans this year.
The S-T has a piece on Jurickson Profar, who is being fast-tracked and has the Rangers excited about his progress and potential.
Richard Justice has a column on the memories that those who are close to Hamilton have of him.
Wilson has a story about the fallout of the Jairo Beras investigation that is worth checking out...he says MLB is now looking at whether Beras is really 18, rather than 16 or 17, and that the Rangers' reputation in Latin America is taking a hit as a result of the investigation, with the team running the risk of being shut out on top July 2 signees this summer, as top prospects are making deals with other teams rather than waiting for the Rangers to resolve the Beras situation.
The S-T's notes talk about Yu Darvish pitching in the heat, a couple of viruses that are going around the Ranger clubhouse, and Scott Feldman pitching batting practice in an effort to work on his command.
The Rangers' website notes have items on Ron Washington saying he could never use a position player as a pitcher, Darvish and the heat, Hamilton and Napoli and the bugs, and Nelson Cruz going the other way.