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Sunday a.m. Rangers things


Goodbye, losing streak...

Jeff Wilson's game story notes that last night was the first time in three years that Joe Nathan had gone two full innings.

Anthony Andro's game story credits Ron Washington's decision to extend Nathan and shake up the lineup with paying off in yesterday's victory.

The game story on the Rangers' website talks about the Rangers pulling out a victory despite continuing to struggle with runners in scoring position.

Richard Durrett has his "Rapid Reaction" at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Evan Grant writes that today's starter, Roy Oswalt, believes he has found and corrected a mechanical flaw that was causing the problems from his earlier starts.

Drew Davison has a story on Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar, who are appearing in the Futures Game today.

Jeff Wilson has a story on how the Rangers getting 8 All Stars is a reflection of the team's success in recent years and the plan Jon Daniels put into place when the rebuild started in 2007.

T.R. Sullivan's notes hit on Justin Grimm going back to the minors, Josh Hamilton DHing yesterday, Nelson Cruz and Michael Young flip-flopping in the lineup, and the Rangers inquiring on Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke. Sullivan writes that the Rangers aren't planning on getting "seriously involved" with Hamels or Greinke, and that they aren't willing to part with Martin Perez, Mike Olt, Jurickson Profar, or Leonys Martin, which would make doing a deal difficult.

Wilson's notes have an injury update with the Rangers' injured pitchers, along with stuff on Josh Hamilton homering last night and the lineup being juggled.