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