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That was a vexing game.

However, LSB Suite Night was still a success.  We had a good time watching the game, even if the Rangers didn't do much, and the great Chuck G came by, hung out and visited with us for about an hour, talking about the plans the new ownership has for the team and getting our feedback on a variety of topics.  It is hard to imagine that happening with previous ownership. 

Anthony Andro's game story talks about how Rich Harden, once again, followed up a solid outing with a poor outing.

T.R. Sullivan says in his game story that the highlight of the game for the Rangers was that the team had a sellout, pushing attendance for the year over 2,000,000.

Sullivan's notes talk about the claw and antlers shirt going on sale, and the possible machinations coming to set up the playoff roster, with Willy Taveras mentioned as someone who could be brought up in the next few days to make him playoff eligible.  As we've talked about before, however, the Rangers shouldn't have any problem getting guys on the playoff roster who are in the organization as of 8/31, even if those players are in the minors.

Andro's notes discuss the hole created in the bullpen by Frank Francisco going to the disabled list.

Evan Grant has an article on the loss of Francisco that suggests that the Rangers may have the worst bullpen of all the A.L. playoff teams, and that not having Francisco in the playoffs would make the pen an even bigger weak spot.

Jeff Wilson writes that Michael Kirkman may be a better prospect with a brighter future than Derek Holland right now, and appears to have passed him as a candidate for the postseason roster.

Richard Durrett runs down a list of possible righthanded hitting outfielders the Rangers could target before September 1, although the list (outside of Marlon Byrd) is uninspiring, with Jeff Franceour listed as a possibility, among others.

Drew Davison has a story on Andres Blanco and the job he has done filling the Rangers' utility infielder role.

Davison also has a minor league update, saying that the Rangers still have a lot of depth in their system, despite all the deals they made to add major league pieces, and talks about Martin Perez's struggles this year.  It is kind of disappointing to think about how Perez as touted as a possible September call-up at the beginning of the year, and now looks like he'll be repeating AA in 2011.

The DMN has a story about the efforts being made by the new ownership group to make the ballpark experience more enjoyable for the fans.

And Andro rips the Washington Nationals for their handling of Stephen Strasburg this year, saying that Strasburg should have been shut down for the season once he went on the d.l. earlier this year, and suggesting that the Nats' decision to bring him back led to Strasburg needing Tommy John surgery.  I think this take is a little misguided...I don't think you can simply shut down for the year any highly touted young pitcher who goes on the disabled list.  If the doctors looked at Strasburg and said he was ready to go back on the mound, I don't see why you'd hold him back.  Moreover, it sounds like, even if Strasburg had been shut down for the year, it just would have delayed the inevitable, with Strasburg's ligament likely being at the point where surgery was going to end up happening eventually anyway.