Thursday Morning Links

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Remember August? Those were good times.

I think me and baseball are like Tina and Ike Turner.

Jeff Wilson has a "cats and dogs living together" postgame recap, describing how Joe Nathan wasn't able to hold it together and Joe Ortiz was the arm that got the nod in the 12th. T.R. Sullivan pines for the halcyon days of two days ago when we were in sole possession of the first wildcard spot. Kevin Sherrington says that going with Joe Ortiz instead of Feliz was Wash's worst move of the month. Evan Grant's postgame story is all like "always a bridesmaid never a bride" and then it puts on My Chemical Romance and smokes clove cigarettes. Todd Wills gets all up in your grill with a rapid reaction and then has a postgame story that is just this in journalistic prose.

Did you drink the memory of last night away? Don't remember anything, particularly the 11th inning? Great, apparently Joe Nathan would love to come back in 2014.

While you still don't remember last night's game and the 11th inning in particular, here's T.R. Sullivan writing love sonnets about Joe Nathan.

T.R. Sullivan's notebook tells us that nelson Cruz would be eligible for any tiebreaker games that may be necessary (ha!) and that the Rangers are mixing and matching who starts at DH among choices ranging from merely regrettable all the way to wildly inappropriate.

Evan Grant says that since Jeff Baker is unable to play the field with a lefty on the mound the Rangers must choose between the Charybidis of Mitch Moreland starting against a lefty and the Scylla of Robinson Chirinos or Adam Rosales starting in his stead.

Newsflash, Lance Berkman is awful and Ron Washington is looking for other answers at DH.

Todd Wills' buzz column mentions that Joe Nathan could have gained the right to void the Rangers' team option on him for 2014, but, you know, Rangerings.

Finally, here's a fascinating article in the New York Times about how apparently common it is for a single human to possess multiple genomes due to chimerism and mosaicism.

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