Martin Perez has a pitch-face of a much older man
The Rangers had the day off yesterday but get right back at it against the Cleveland Indians tonight. The A's won their game last night and are three games back of the Rangers. The more important aspect of the A's victory is they beat the Angels who dropped a half game in the Wild Card race.
Behind the DMN paywall, Gerry Fraley writes about Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre being among the leaders in the American League for MVP consideration. Fraley also has a photo essay where he ranks the pros and cons for his current top five American League MVP contenders.
Anthony Castrovince has a piece up at MLB.com about Adrian Beltre proving his worth as a Texas Ranger and stamping his name as one of the best third basemen of his generation.
Richard Durrett writes about the current state of the potential Ranger playoff rotation. Durrett's rotation would go Harrison/Darvish/Dempster/Holland. On the DMN blog, both Fraley and Kevin Sherrington said they think Dempster would be the Game 1 starter.
Jeff Wilson writes about the struggles the Rangers have been dealing with this season in regards to holding base-stealers. As Wilson notes, Rangers catchers are only 13 for 111 this season at throwing out runners.
ESPN Dallas has a transcript of Nolan Ryan's appearance on Galloway and Company where he discusses the franchise's excitement to see Jurickson Profar in the Major Leagues.
MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom has an update on the 2013 Ford C. Frick Award finalists. Eric Nadel, Mark Holtz, Steve Busby and Tom Grieve are among the 41 still in the running.
Finally, T.R. Sullivan's Notebook covers the Rangers likely reaching three million in attendance on the season for the first time in franchise history this week and the Rangers' plans for Military Appreciation Night tonight in observance of 9/11.