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Wednesday a.m. Rangers stuff

A 4 game lead in the West.  Yay!

Jeff Miller says the Rangers did a better job of converting with runners in scoring position, and also has a quote from Chris Davis, who said that he was pleased with his batting practice session yesterday, because it was the first time in a while he'd been going the other way well.

Jeff Wilson says that the Rangers showed they could score in a variety of ways yesterday.

Gil LeBreton has a column that hits on what a lot of us have been saying about the Ranger offense this year:

Note to all our good friends at the MLB Network and ESPN:

Stop it. Stop it with all the talk about how the Texas Rangers "can really pile up the runs." Or how the Rangers’ lineup is "always going to hit."

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The Rangers’ lineup should be better than this. More selective at the plate. Better at recognizing what the pitch is. More willing to work the count.

The Rangers ought to know this. They did it for most of last season.

But this season, they’re suddenly easy to pitch to on way too many nights.

Note to Hank Blalock and Marlon Byrd: There are no door prizes awarded for swinging at first pitches.

Marlon Byrd, of course, swung at a first pitch last night after Joba Chamberlain had walked two batters in a row, and hit a chopper to shortstop that went for a GIDP.

Derek Holland says he's going to add a curveball to his repertoire today, something he hasn't thrown since college.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column about Holland being the current poster child for building from within, and also discusses how starting in the bullpen has helped Holland's transition to the majors.

Jon Daniels says that leading the A.L. West is nice, but championships aren't won in May and the Rangers still have a ways to go to get to their goal.