ST. PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 08: Outfielder Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers celebrates his team's victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 8, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
The Rangers have the best record in the A.L. The team with the second best record in the A.L. is Oakland. And the Angels are tied with the Rays for the fifth best record in the A.L. The Rangers are on top of a pretty impressive division right now.
Jeff Wilson writes in his game story that, although Yu Darvish didn't get the win, he pitched once again like the pitcher the Rangers thought they were getting when they committed north of $100 million to acquire him.
Bryan Dolgin has his Rapid Reaction at ESPN Dallas.
Evan Grant writes that the Rangers will start the 2013 season at Houston on Monday, April 1.
Jurickson Profar was knocked down by Kyle Farnsworth one pitch before his game-winning double. Profar says he acted scared when he got back up from the knock down pitch in the hopes that Farnsworth would throw the same pitch again, which he did.
Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes about Profar's maturity.
Ron Washington says he's going to continue to pick his spots with Profar, and mainly play the guys who got the Rangers here, until the Rangers clinch a playoff spot.
Wilson's notes talk about Mike Napoli starting a rehab assignment, Alexi Ogando's sore biceps, and Roy Oswalt starting today. Wilson also says that Napoli turned down a three year, $38 million contract this offseason, but that Jon Daniels and Napoli's agent met yesterday. That's the first time I've seen a definitive number attached to what the Rangers offered.
The Rangers' website notes talk about Profar's bat from his first major league homer going to the Hall of Fame, Napoli's rehab assignment, and Tanner Scheppers taking advantage of injuries to show he can perform in pressure situations.