"We sure got away with that one!"
That was quite a National League game of baseball last night.
Chelsea Janes recaps the Rangers subscribing to the art of real baseball and helping Matt Harrison collect his American League leading 9th win.
Sarah Trotto provides the ESPN Dallas Rapid Reaction the Rangers 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Jeff Wilson recaps the win while getting quotes from Ron Washington and Michael Young on a weird affair where both teams scored all of their runs for the evening in the first inning.
Evan Grant offers some observations from the game.
Joey Matches has a whole mess of bulleted items on the win. The topic of Michael Young is broached and it is depressing.
Behind the DMN Paywall, Grant writes on the importance of Mark Lowe. With the bullpen a bit depleted since the injuries to Alexi Ogando and Koji Uehara, Lowe will be counted on to contribute in later innings as he was last night.
Grant asks the question: Is Roy Oswalt ready? It appears no answer has been given yet, however. Grant has quotes from Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan on their thoughts on Oswalt starting on Friday.
Wilson runs down the options if Oswalt needs another start or two in the minors.
For what it's worth, Fraley was on SportsDay On Air and predicted that Oswalt would start on Friday.
T.R. Sullivan updates the All-Star game voting totals. Nelson Cruz has currently lost his top three starting spot in the American League outfield and probably won't recover it. Ian Kinsler is now ahead of Robinson Cano by only around 15K votes. It seems likely that Kinsler will be caught in that vote.
Janes handles the MLB.com Notebook and covers Josh Hamilton's possible return to the starting lineup tonight, the potential date of Oswalt's MLB return, Holland & Feliz throwing, and other items.
Wilson's notes cover much of the same with a note on the Rangers signing their third-round draft pick Patrick Cantwell from Stony Brook.
Finally, Matschulat brings up a bizarre instance from last night's broadcast where Dave Barnett seemed to lose the ability to speak the words he intended to say for 15-20 seconds.
Joey has audio of the incident if you haven't heard it. If something happened to be neurologically wrong in that moment, I sincerely hope Barnett is okay. The clip feels very eerie if that's the case. However, if Barnett was just tongue-tied or caught up trying to read something while speaking, he might have had his cheedaborgey moment. Whatever the case, if it is appropriate to do so, I hope it is addressed in tonight's broadcast so it can stop haunting the imagination.