Friday a.m. Rangers things

Aug 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (1) laughs after scoring during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark. Texas won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

The Rangers finally busted through the 21 games over .500 barrier -- a mark they first hit on June 30, but hadn't been able to surpass -- thanks to a big eighth inning last night that turned what was a close game into a blowout.

Jeff Wilson writes in his game story that, despite the players saying it is too early to scoreboard watch, the Rangers took advantage of an early Oakland loss to pad their lead in the A.L. West.

The Rangers' website game story talks about Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland keying the Rangers' offensive outburst.

Evan Grant has his notes and quotes from last night's game at the DMN Rangers blog.

Richard Durrett has his "Rapid Reaction" to last night's game.

Twins' starter Scott Diamond was ejected last night after going up and in to Josh Hamilton, and home plate umpire Wally Bell says that the ejection was for throwing at Hamilton's head. There was some thought that the pitch was in retaliation for Roy Oswalt hitting Joe Mauer earlier in the game.

Durrett has some quotes from Oswalt about last night's game.

Anthony Andro writes that, although Mike Napoli is eligible to come off the d.l. on Sunday, he won't likely be activated until September 1.

Randy Galloway has a column on Ron Washington's loyalty to Michael Young, that is mostly quotes from Wash, although it also suggests that there are those in the organization who are not happy with how he's using Young this season.

Young left last night's game to attend the birth of his son, and will likely go on paternity leave, giving the Rangers the opportunity to replace him on the active roster for a 72 hour period. My guess is that Alberto Gonzalez would get the call, although Leonys Martin is also a possibility. Indications were on Twitter last night that Jurickson Profar probably wouldn't get called up.

Behind the paywall, Grant has a story on Mitch Moreland.

The S-T's notes talk about Mike Napoli likely not returning from the disabled list until September 1, the Rangers' bullpen, and Elvis Andrus talking about Jurickson Profar. There's also this from Andrus on contract talks:

Asked if the Rangers have discussed a long-term deal with him, Andrus said: "Yeah, always trying to sign long-term, but I'll be really in my prime whenever I'm a free agent. I think it's got to be fair both ways."


Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/08/23/4202661/mike-napoli-hoping-to-return-from.html#storylink=cpy

The Rangers' website notes talk about Matt West undergoing Tommy John surgery, Young's leaving the game last night, Jake Skole returning from suspension, and David Murphy hitting against lefties.

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