Something is still amiss with Colby Lewis. And while Lewis pitched better through the first four innings of last night's game than he has perhaps all season, he still imploded once Corey Patterson hit a pitch at eye level toward the same landing spot he launched to last July for the Orioles. Corey Patterson has at least a 2.0 WAR (Wins Against Rangers) in these last two seasons.
T.R. Sullivan's game recap talks about Colby Lewis and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Inning.
Richard Durrett writes about Lewis' start and how catcher Yorvit Torrealba felt Colby made the pitch he called for on Patterson's home run. Unfortunately, Patterson hit it out to the amazement of the Rangers players. The good news is Colby is quoted as saying he felt he had his best stuff of the season but just felt like had a bad inning.
Jeff Wilson's recap on the Star-Telegram website echoes much of the same but has quotes from Lewis who still seems has stunned as he looked on the mound after giving up the Patterson home run.
Anthony Andro has some post game notes, likewise Durrett has chronicled his reactions to the game, and behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant offers his thoughts on Colby Lewis' command issues.
Last night was Frank Francisco's first game back in Arlington since he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, and has Andro notes, Francisco was emotional about his return.
The Dallas Morning News held a free chat with Tom Grieve where he discusses the Rangers legacy of quality third base defense, his favorite moment in uniform, and how he feels his new play-by-play partner John Rhadigan is doing so far this season, among other topics.
The DMN also has a free radio interview transcript of Adrian Beltre which you should check out for the answer to this question alone: "How much do you enjoy being on the left side of the field with Elvis Andrus?"
T.R.'s notebook has updates on the statuses of some of the Rangers injured pitchers.
As dire as things seemed for this franchise last summer, the current Los Angeles Dodgers situation is either way worse than the one the Rangers found themselves in or MLB has decided to try and avoid a sequel to that misery. The AP has reported that MLB has essentially taken over complete control of the business operations of the team while appointing former Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee operations on behalf of the commissioner's office.
Speaking of the sale of the team, in case you missed it in the FanShots, D Magazine has a lengthy article about the grand unanswered question as to why Chuck Greenberg was ousted from his position as team CEO just months after wading through the lengthy process of acquiring the team. While there isn't much in terms of revelations -- and no real answer to the question asked -- there are a few juicy bits of information that hadn't been confirmed until now and a pretty decent look back at the entire situation. You know, if thats something you feel like reinvesting your time in dwelling on.