Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

Beard - Tom Szczerbowski

The latest news and notes on only 100 more baseball games to go

The Round Texas Rock Express Rangers got contributions from the likes of Chris McGuiness, Kyle McClellan, Neal Cotts, and Justin Grimm and were able to finally win a game in Toronto. Now the Rangers are back in first place, back at home, and things are looking up once again. What a difference a win makes.

Todd Wills has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays come to Arlington later this week for a four game series. It will be interesting to see how the Rangers play the Jays outside of the Satan-constructed Rogers Centre.

MLB.com's Chris Toman recaps the win with quotes from Ron Washington on how these Rangers don't quit.

Drew Davison's game story focuses on the Rangers taking away something positive to end a difficult road trip that saw them lose their first baseman to injury, the division lead, a couple of games that could have gone their way but didn't, and regain and re-lose their No. 3 starter. Nevertheless, the Rangers rallied from a 4-0 deficit, won the game, reclaimed the division lead, and gave themselves something to be upbeat about upon their return to Arlington.

Behind the DMN paywall, Kevin Sherrington writes a gauchetastic article about the different directions the Texas Rangers and Anaheim Angels appear to be headed in.

The DMN staff compiled a bunch of blurbs from baseball draft expects giving their takes on the Rangers' first round selections of Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez and Travis Demeritte.

Davison has a list up at the Star-Telegram Foul Territory blog of 12 Ranger draftees who have already signed with Texas.

Evan Grant blogs about Alexi Ogando's second DL stint this season and how that might impact his role with the Rangers upon his return.

Toman handles the MLB.com Notebook and writes about Ogando's injury and rotation status, Michael Kirkman's cancer recurrence, and Ian Kinsler resuming some baseball activities.

Davison's notes touch on Lance Berkman's slump, various injury updates, and a revisit to Saturday's marathon for Joe Nathan even though he never participated in the game.

Lastly, MLB.com's Mark Emery previews tonight's contest between the Rangers and Cleveland Indians to begin an 11-game homestand for the Rangers. Scott Kazmir goes for the Indians while the Rangers bring up Josh Lindblom to replace Ogando in the rotation. The Indians have lost seven straight.

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