Derek Holland didn't get out of the first inning, the defense had a few awful players, Darren O'Day gave up a couple of homers...
So yeah, yesterday could have been better.
Jeff Wilson writes that yesterday was the first time a Ranger starter got pulled in the first for a reason other than ejection or injury since September of 2007. I was saying yesterday that I expected Holland to be optioned today, with Scott Feldman ultimately replacing him in the rotation, but Ron Washington is quoted as saying that Holland will start on Thursday.
The game story on the Rangers' website talks about Holland's inability to locate his fastball and Washington lecturing Holland on the mound while they waited for Tommy Hunter to come in from the bullpen.
Gil Lebreton talks about the various moving parts in the Ranger bullpen, and wonders if Holland wouldn't be better suited to the pen at this point, with Scott Feldman replacing him in the rotation.
Richard Durrett writes about Tommy Hunter being prepared to do whatever he needs to do coming out of the bullpen.
Anthony Andro writes about Arthur Rhodes, and his difficult 2011 season.
Durrett looksat what Rangers will make the All Star team. He says that Michael Young is "automatic," Adrian Beltre is on the bubble, and C.J. Wilson, Alexi Ogando, and Neftali Feliz are possibilities.
The S-T's notes talk about the Rangers' signing of international free agents Nomar Mazara and Ronald Guzman and fourth round draft pick Desmond Henry, the latest setback that is making it look like Brandon Webb won't be pitching for the Rangers this year, and the search for bullpen help.
Louie Horvath's notes include Elvis Andrus saying he doesn't think his wrist will be 100% again until after the All Star Break (and it sounds like that, even if he were to be named to the team, he'll pass because of the injury) and the bullpen issues.