Rangers pull out a victory despite a shaky outing from Colby Lewis. Anaheim loses in Baltimore, moving the lead in the A.L. West to 4.5 games. BP has the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs at 98.5% now. Cool Standings has the team's chances at 96.2%.
Jeff Wilson writes in his game story that it was the Rangers' bats and bullpen who led the Rangers to a win yesterday.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about how yesterday's game was an example of why the Rangers wanted to fortify their bullpen for the stretch run.
Evan Grant writes behind the paywall that the Rangers' magic number is down to seven.
Richard Durrett has his thoughts on yesterday's game.
The S-T's notes talk about how the Ranger players are holding up over the course of the season and Nelson Cruz's return to the lineup.
Sullivan's notes cover Elvis Andrus getting better as the season goes on, Tommy Hunter helping his old teammates by beating the Angels on Friday, and the Rangers going with a Murphy/Hamilton/Cruz alignment in the outfield once Cruz is ready to return.
Ron Washington says he doesn't think the Rangers lose anything with that alignment, compared to the one they've been using, with Hamilton in left field and either Endy Chavez or Craig Gentry in center. I disagree, but then, I also don't expect Washington to say anything different. That said, it will be interesting to see what the Rangers do when a lefthander is on the mound.
Durrett writes that the bullpen came up big yesterday.
Terry Blount writes about Craig Gentry and what he offers to the Rangers at ESPN Dallas.