ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 21: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run to left field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as catcher Yorvit Torrealba #8 celebrates in the eighth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 21, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
So, the Rangers split the first two games in Anaheim, meaning that Texas will end this road trip with no worse than a five game lead on Anaheim, and could have a seven game lead if Matt Harrison can defeat Dan Haren this evening.
Meanwhile, the Oakland A's won again, are 8 of their last 10, and are now 6.5 games back of the Rangers, are and tied with Baltimore and the White Sox for the second Wild Card spot.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about Darvish commanding his fastball well, which is the key for Darvish to achieve success.
David Collier has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.
Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes that the Rangers' might be returning to their top form.
Jim Reeves looks at the most memorable moments in each decade of the Rangers' history.
"They are getting Josh out because they are not throwing him strikes," Washington said. "It’s hard for a manager to tell a guy like that to stop swinging so much. He can make the adjustments and he has, but it seems like it’s boring to him."
Sullivan's notes have quotes from Martin Perez about wanting to return to the majors quickly, Lewis being expected to make his next start, Ron Washington saying he's not changing the lineup, and the Coolbaugh Foundation implementing a safety program.