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Monday Morning Rangers Update

"We're Number Half!"
"We're Number Half!"

Another day, another Rangers series win. This time the Rangers shutout the AL East's first place Baltimore Orioles behind a strong outing from Derek Holland. Look out, Gillette Fusion ProGlide. We're going to need a higher number than 100 on the Fan Confidence Poll.

T.R. Sullivan has his game recap up which talks about how well the back end of the rotation is performing.

Jeff Wilson echoes those sentiments in his write-up. Wilson has quotes from Holland and Ron Washington about how Holland was able to get out of jams and never allow Baltimore to get the big hit they needed to break through.

There were reactions to the Rangers shutout on ESPN Dallas. Among the notes is this tidbit of good times: "The Rangers hadn't started 8-1 since 1989. They won the first three series of the year for the first time since 1993."

Bryan Dolgin has a piece on the Rangers shoring up the catcher position this off-season and how that's helping the young staff. There's plenty of quotes from Jim Sundberg who is, as always, amazingly blunt and honest.

Wilson has some notes on the Rangers including one about how in addition to Dave Bush likely starting on Wednesday, Colby Lewis might not pitch again on this road trip because his wife is due with their second child this week. So it looks like there may be a bit of a juggling act in the rotation if Colby is unable to pitch.

Jon Machota writes about how C.J. Wilson is utilizing a custom iPad app with stats and video to improve his preparation.

Evan Grant has a free injury update on Tommy Hunter and Scott Feldman. While Feldman appears to be progressing on schedule, Hunter will have to start ramping up his routine to make the six week mark for his return that the Rangers estimated.

For the lucky five-percenters: Grant has a report on Matt Harrison and Derek Holland's contributions to the Rangers early success.

Sullivan takes a look at today's game, the series in Detroit, and the Rangers' task of trying to defeat Justin Verlander.

Lastly, Richard Durrett has written the Alexi Ogando article I've been waiting for the last ten months to read. We all know the story, and articles have been written, but Durrett really captures just how improbable and rewarding it is that Alexi Ogando is a Ranger and that he is doing what he is doing. It's a true triumph of scouting.