Martin Perez, stepping into the rotation in place of Scott Feldman, struggled last night, while Feldman was great in relief. That's the way baseball go, of course.
Weird fact...while Perez has pitched fairly well for the Rangers, he also, in just 33 innings, now is second on the team in wild pitches, trailing only Yu Darvish.
Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on two out mistakes by Michael Young in the field and Alexi Ogando on the mound that ended up being the tipping points in yesterday's 6-3 loss to Seattle.
The game story on the Rangers' website notes that the silver lining for Texas was the solid work in relief from Scott Feldman.
Evan Grant offers three thoughts from yesterday's loss. Behind the paywall, Grant writes that Alexi Ogando's second half struggles have put his role in the playoff bullpen in question, with Koji Uehara potentially replacing Ogando as the primary seventh inning guy.
Taylor Soper has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.
Wilson has a story about the ongoing Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton situations. Beltre had tests on Friday but is expected to be back in the lineup today, while Hamilton is back in Dallas and won't be back in the lineup until Monday at the earliest.
The Rangers' website notes talk about Mike Napoli's days off, Adrian Beltre's tests, and Josh Hamilton's sinus issues. The situation with Hamilton is strange...Hamilton himself says there's nothing wrong with his vision, and Jon Daniels says that "the doctors haven't found anything." Meanwhile, Ron Washington had this to say:
"We're going to do all we can to ease his mind," Washington said. "Once he has peace of mind, he'll be fine."
Asked what he meant by "peace of mind," Washington said that once the tests are over and the medical crew can explain what's been happening, the veteran center fielder will be able to deal with it.
Whether intentional or not, Daniels and Washington seem to be implying that Hamilton's problems are in his head.