Thursday Morning Links

Yeah, thanks, Geovany Soto - Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Rangers Motto: "Intermittently Crappy."

Well, that was seven different kinds of awful. Eric Gilmore has his rapid reactions, mostly incoherent screaming and sobbing, and a more in-depth postgame story that consists of "who cares, stupid f#*king A's." Jeff Wilson has some more salt for your wounds. T.R. Sullivan points out in his recap that with a 1-5 record and 4.86 ERA in six starts against the A's, there's absolutely nothing to be gleaned from those numbers because of sample size issues but GOSH DARN IS THAT INFURIATING.

Eric Gilmore has a little bit of notes for you, telling us that Mitch Moreland has more home runs against the A's (a few) than he does against any other team (even fewer), and that Elvis Andrus will hopefully be ready to play by Friday in Anaheim.

Jeff Wilson's notes say that Ron Washington is playing it safe with Elvis Andrus' back, even though bending at the waist produces "far less pain" than it did for Andrus on Tuesday, and that going forward Berkman will be limited to batting right handed and even then only on prime-numbered days of the month.

T.R. Sullivan's Notebook has some comments from Pierzynski about home plate collisions, the Rangers liking Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka but not "like" liking him, and Martin Perez garnering Rookie of the Month honors for August.

Evan Grant tells us that the Rangers' DSL team won the Dominican Summer League title yesterday, with Juremi Profar contributing three hits and three RBI's.

Finally, here's a translation of Chinese writings about the Roman Empire circa the 3rd century A.D. That's about as far from Oakland as I can get right now.

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