That was a pretty interesting game yesterday. Yu Darvish looked untouchable. Michael Young deployed grand leadership vengeance. The Rangers reached a high-water mark of 26 games above .500. The Rangers have the best record in the American League by four games.
T.R. Sullivan's game story focuses on Darvish taking a perfect game into the 6th inning yesterday. Darvish was as impressive in the first few innings as we've seen from him all season.
Robert Falkoff--surpassing Master Tesfatsion as my favorite ESPN Dallas author name--provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Jeff Wilson writes about Darvish's dazzling day but also the fireworks from the 9th when Royals reliever Louis Coleman drilled Nelson Cruz and Young proved why the clubhouse loves him by hitting a two-run home run on the next pitch.
Evan Grant writes behind the DMN paywall that the biggest story from yesterday's game wasn't that Darvish had a perfect game going but that Darvish appears to be rounding into top form in time for baseball's stretch run.
Falkoff has a piece on Darvish turning in an "ace-like" performance. Says Darvish: "I think it is coming together."
Anthony Castrovince writes the "Michael Young is more valuable than his statistics" article. It's hard to diss Young today, though. That home run yesterday was pretty sweet.
Wilson writes about Cruz's run in with the Royals. Cruz claims he knows Coleman hit him on purpose while Bryan Pena, a former Dominican League teammate and current Royals catcher, claimed the pitch was unintentional.
Sullivan's Notebook covers Jurickson Profar's favorite part of his big league debut (Hint: The win), Ian Kinsler's back feeling better, Washington climbing up the franchise list of managerial wins leaders and various other notes.
Wilson's notes cover David Murphy now qualifying among the leaders in several American League hitting categories including third in batting average, Matt Harrison looking to rebound tonight, and an update on Mike Napoli's rehab timeline.
Lastly, the DMN has a release from the Rangers about an online lottery opportunity to purchase ALDS tickets. It's that time again.