This is my favorite SB Nation licensed photo
T. R. Sullivan's game story covers a pretty boring game of baseball that the Rangers played last night.
David "Not Dave Coulier" Collier provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers 8-2 loss at the hands of the Detroit Tigers.
Jeff Wilson also tackles having to write something about last night's game. Justin Grimm pitched like a guy making his second start above Double-A. The Ballpark was hot. The Rangers offense isn't hot. You know the deal.
Anthony Andro writes about how the Tigers are not the Houston Astros when you are Grimm.
Evan Grant has some notes on the bullpen usage last night. Some eyebrows were raised when Scott Feldman didn't get into the game after Grimm faltered. Here's what Ron Washington had to say:
Both manager Ron Washington and Feldman said there was no physical issue with the pitcher. Washington said the Rangers simply chose to "go in a different direction" and save Feldman for another night.
Welcome to the doghouse, Scott.
Almost in conjunction, Grant combed the Twitterverse and apparently Martin Perez is being called up to the Rangers from Triple-A. Perez will likely replace either Michael Kirkman or Grimm on the 25 man roster to provide bullpen insurance after Kirkman threw 85 pitches last night.
It's possibly Perez could take Grimm's spot in the rotation while Derek Holland is on rehab assignment. Maybe Feldman burned down his final bridge and he's on his way out. Maybe Feldman didn't pitch last night so the Rangers can slide him back in the rotation and Perez is getting the call to serve as long man. What I'm getting at here is I don't know what the Rangers intend by calling up Perez but I do know that I miss Yoshi.
Behind the DMN paywall, Grant writes about the offense still not clicking.
Wilson writes about Josh Hamilton slumping.
The DMN has an update on Dave Barnett where they call the diagnosis stemming from Barnett's episode a "complicated migraine." This article is behind the paywall so I can't read the details.
Sullivan and Christian Corona team up again for a Notebook on Leonys Martin getting an opportunity to make a good impression, Hamilton giving up smokeless tobacco, and other notes.
Drew Davison's notes cover updates on Matt Harrison and Derek Holland, L. Martin's improvements, and various other items.
Lastly, Sullivan updates the latest All-Star vote totals. It's looking pretty likely that Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Napoli will be A.L. All-Star starters.