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Wednesday morning Rangers stuff

Busy day yesterday for Rangers fans...

Anthony Andro says in his game story that, overlooked amidst the winning streak and Josh Hamilton's heroics, the bullpen has been outstanding of late, and they contributed three more shutout innings yesterday.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Hamilton was once again a key player in yesterday's 6-3 victory.

William Wilkerson has some notes up at the S-T, including discussion of Nelson Cruz's return from the d.l. and Tanner Scheppers being named to the Futures Game.  I still don't get how the Rangers only have one player in the Futures Game, and don't understand how both Martin Perez and Engel Beltre got passed up for the World team, particularly given some of the guys who did make it.

Jon Daniels says the ownership situation hasn't changed how the team is approaching the trade deadline.

There are mixed opinions about what happened in court yesterday.  Barry Shlachter writes in the S-T that the court's ruling yesterday could delay the sales process.  Randy Galloway has a column up on the matter, heavy on schtick and light on substance.  Evan Grant has his thoughts on the judge's ruling at the DMN.

However, Maury Brown this morning says that he and others in the media may have "jumped the gun" yesterday in calling this a defeat for the Rangers, and has an article going up today that addresses this.  I'll link that when it comes available.

Meanwhile, in another interesting bit of news, Bill Madden of the New York Daily News has a story up on the saga in which he says the other 29 MLB owners are "furious," not just at having to provide funds to keep the Rangers afloat, but also because the Rangers are apparently paying Nolan Ryan $9 million a year for his duties with the team. 

If that figure is correct, that's extremely surprising, as I believe that's substantially more than any other front office member gets paid by any other team in baseball.