Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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Richard Durrett had the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 1-0 struggle against the mighty Houston Astros.

T.R. Sullivan's game story covers Martin Perez throwing eight shutout innings because holy crap there's nothing good to say about the offense right now.

Drew Davison recaps yesterday's series finale and the second 1-0 win by the Rangers over Houston this weekend. That was the first time the Rangers have won two 1-0 games in a single series since 1982.

Gil LeBreton writes that the Rangers won yesterday thanks to the efforts of final few men on the 25-man roster.

Durrett writes that the biggest moment of the game may have come in the 3rd inning when Robinson Chirinos talked Perez through a momentary loss of command.

Gerry Fraley notes that the Rangers can feel encouraged by the early abundance of double play grounders and a schedule still littered with contests against Houston.

Anthony Andro has the bummer news of the day with the Rangers officially putting Adrian Beltre on the DL and making it at least 91% less fun to be a Rangers fan over the next couple of weeks.

Keeping the fun alive, Evan Grant writes about Colby Lewis' long and unprecedented journey to return to the mound and pitch in a big league game for the first time in 21 months.

Fraley blogs that Ron Washington promised Alexi Ogando some high leverage innings, after losing his spot in the rotation, and the skipper kept his word by calling on Ogando for a save opportunity yesterday.

Sullivan's Notebook covers Michael Choice's Ranger history-making dong, Lewis' return, Tuesday's Jackie Robinson Day, and various items.

John Henry tackles the notes for the Star-Telegram and writes about Lewis' debut, Beltre's DL stint, and thoughts from Wash on the use of the shift in today's baseball.

MLB.com's Doug Miller previews tonight's game between the Rangers and Mariners which will see Colby Lewis take the mound for the first time since The Dark Knight Rises opened No. 1 at the box office.

Finally, in this week's 10 Degrees column, Jeff Passan takes Bud Selig and MLB to task for their stubbornness regarding baseball's ridiculous blackout policy which is making some fans miss things like Yu Darvish being great.

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