This should be an interesting day. The Rangers are arriving home with a five game winning streak after completing a 6-1 road trip to begin this tough stretch of 17 of 20 road games. Oh, and also, the MLB Draft begins tonight as well.
T.R. Sullivan recaps yesterday's game in Cleveland where the Rangers swept the team with the best record in baseball and the team with the America League's best home record. It was the Rangers first four game sweep on the road since 1999.
Richard Durrett's reactions to the game include the note that the Rangers outscored the Rays and Indians 42-16 over the seven game road trip amongst other super great notes about the Rangers starting pitching.
Evan Grant has some observations about the Rangers win yesterday and the team's current streak of amazing starting pitching. This game's pitching hero was, of course, C.J. Wilson. Grant notes that the Rangers are now 32-14 since the beginning of the 2010 season when Wilson starts.
Anthony Witrado of The Sporting News has a piece on the Rangers current success and how it is tied in with the return of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz from the disabled list.
Sullivan has some notes up about the team which include an update on Matt Harrison's kidney stone issues, the Rangers starter's success on the road, All-Star Game voting, and, would you believe it, Dave Bush is a Hall of Famer.
The Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson has his own notes and they include Josh Hamilton getting a day game day off yesterday and an update on Tommy Hunter's rehabbing groin.
The MLB Draft begins tonight with the Rangers picking at #33 and #37 in the first round and first supplemental round. Below are some links with information about what the Rangers might be looking at and some players the Rangers might target:
- Wilson looks at the Rangers' strategy coming into the draft and how it differs with the monetary restraints the Rangers faced last year.
- Similarly, Durrett writes that the Rangers can look for more than just bargains in this year's draft.
- Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram profiles some local high school players who might be drafted.
- USA Today's Seth Livingstone checks out some high-profile players who might slip out of or land near the end of the first round which is right where the Rangers will be selecting.
- Behind the DMN's paywall Gerry Fraley writes that he expects the Rangers to select a couple of high school players with their first two picks.