Monday Morning Rangers Update

Boomstick topped with salami - Rick Yeatts

The latest news and notes on the first place Texas Rangers

The Rangers (12-6) are now tied with the Boston Red Sox (12-6) for the best record in the American League. Only the Atlanta Braves and the surprising Colorado Rockies (each at 13-5) have a better record than Texas overall.

Todd Will(i)s has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 11-3 drubbing of the Seattle Mariners. That was the first series sweep for the Rangers since a June series against the Padres last season. To put that into perspective, Dave Barnett was still calling Rangers games during that series.

Drew Davison recaps the victory and writes of the Rangers' bats finally coming to life. And by "coming to life," I assume that he means the Rangers scored a bunch of runs and not that their wooden hitting clubs became sentient because I watched the game and I don't remember that part at all.

T.R. Sullivan's game story focuses on a Nelson Cruz grand slam highlighting the breakout game for the offense. Additionally, Sullivan writes about Justin Grimm having himself a solid day on the mound.

Wills writes about Grimm's career high 9 K afternoon. Wills notes that Jon Daniels had said the team would reevaluate Grimm after Sunday's start. It's probably safe to say that Grimm has earned himself another start.

Behind the DMN paywall, Gerry Fraley has a piece on Mike Maddux's damage control mantra of "You're one pitch away from greatness," for when Ranger pitchers find themselves in a jam.

It seems like Gil LeBreton had a "When are the Rangers going to get some hitting up in here?" article in the can only to see the Rangers go out and hit four home runs while scoring 11 runs.

MLB.com's Gary Cotton previews tonight's opener in Anaheim between the suddenly sweeping Rangers and Angels.

Anthony Andro has a note on the outstanding contributions made over the weekend at The Ballpark by fans for the relief efforts in West, Texas.

Sullivan's Notebook makes note of the chilly and bizarre early season schedule, Nick Tepesch's status, Jason Frasor on roles, and an update on Josh Lindblom, among other items.

Davison has notes on Tepesch planning to make his next start, the early-season success of the bullpen, and the upcoming grueling road stretch.

Not to be outdone by Cruz, Jake Seiner of milb.com writes about Jurickson Profar hitting a grand slam for Round Rock yesterday.

Lastly, Mark Townsend of the Big League Stew Blog writes about our favorite center field attraction and current team MVP: Trent "Keeper of Greene's Hill" Williams.

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