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Friday a.m. Rangers stuff

The Rangers beat up on Ryan Rowland-Smith last night.  And of course, Ryan Rowland-Smith is 27.

Anthony Andro's game story talks about the offense's big night in support of Tommy Hunter, who seemed to be less than sharp yesterday, in the aftermath of Saturday's complete game in the 102 degree heat.

Chris Cox's game story says that the bottom of the lineup coming to life has been key to the recent offensive surge.

Evan Grant's post-game notes (including a mention of Ron Washington's "gut") are here.  At the ESPN Dallas post-game reactions post, Tommy Hunter says he's excited about playing under N.L. rules the next several days.

William Wilkerson's notes in the S-T include items on David Murphy and on the Vladimir Guerrero plan in N.L. parks.

Nelson Cruz had a setback yesterday on his hamstring, and he's now looking at a rehab assignment early next week, meaning he likely will not be back on Tuesday, as originally hoped.

Jean-Jacques Taylor says that the Rangers will lose out to the Angels in September, because the Angels know how to win.

Randy Galloway has a column about the Rangers going cheap in this year's draft.  He also hammers them for taking player's that Baseball America didn't rank high, when the organization has (according to Galloway) been trumpeting BA as the Bible of prospecting when BA had the Rangers' minor league system ranked in the top two the past couple of years.  His big issue appears to be with Jake Skole, because Skole went at #15 despite not being on anyone's top 100/200 lists.

Incidentally, Galloway, a while back, implied the Rangers had gone backwards this year under Clint Hurdle, since the 2010 team had scored fewer runs than the 2009 team had scored in the same number of games.  As of today, the 2010 Rangers have scored 308 runs through 60 games, and are on pace to score 832 runs this year.  The 2009 Rangers scored 306 runs through 60 games, and scored 784 runs on the season.