Four batters into yesterday's game, I was pretty worried, down 2-0, with Colby Lewis having given up yet another home run.
Turned out there was no need to be worried, though...the Rangers had tied it up by the bottom of the inning, took the lead with the help of some bad Oakland defense in the fifth, and teed off on a couple of Oakland relievers to make it a rout, 13-4.
And this afternoon on national TV, we get the return of Alexi Ogando, who will be squaring off against Trevor Cahill. Cahill, for what it is worth, has a 6.67 ERA since the All Star Break.
Jeff Wilson's game story talks about the Rangers' recent history of showing resiliency, with Colby Lewis being the latest to do so, bouncing back from a rough recent stretch to give the Rangers 7.1 innings of 3 run ball.
T.R. Sullivan's game story points out that the Rangers have now won nine straight against Oakland, and quotes Brandon McCarthy as saying that it is because the Rangers are simply better than the A's.
Anthony Andro writes that Lewis flashed postseason 2010 form last night.
Richard Durrett has his post-game thoughts up at ESPN Dallas.
The S-T's notes have updates on injured Rangers Nelson Cruz, Darren O'Day, and Julio Borbon, and talk about Josh Hamilton missing yesterday's game to be with his wife, who went into labor yesterday afternoon.
Wilson writes that Ogando returns today after a break that was intended to get him physically and mentally re-charged.
Sullivan's notes also talk about Ogando and the injured Rangers.
One of the big mysteries of 2011 is, what happened to Colby Lewis, who has regressed from where he was in 2010. Durrett provides some information that helps explain, saying that Lewis has been dealing with hip pain all season, and has had to get injections to help manage the pain.