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Concerned that the Rangers' offense was getting too much attention, the Rangers' pitching staff starts to suck for the sake of balance.

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Two thirds of an inning, six hits, five runs, and one strikeout. At least Martin Perez didn't walk anybody.

Want to relive a bloodbath? Jeff Wilson has his recap, where Josh Hamilton says it wasn't vision issues that caused him to misplay two balls in the first inning and Michael Young says all the games in September are important. Unless you're Seattle. T.R. Sullivan's recap includes the heartening tidbit that the Rangers were 0 for 7 on the night with runners in scoring position and 6 for 59 over the last 10 games. Charged for the playoffs, indeed. Durrett has his rapid reactions, though why they aren't a series of caps-lock expletives, I have no idea.

Eric Gagne has written a French language tell-all book, "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," in which he says that 80% of his teammates on the Dodgers used PED's. According to Jeff Wilson and Evan Grant, Adrian Beltre wishes that Gagne had named names instead of using an anonymous percentage, maintaining that he did not use PED's. ESPN quotes Gagne as saying of HGH, "It was sufficient to ruin my health, tarnish my reputation and throw a shadow over the extraordinary performances of my career," though in this interview for CTV (which, so far as I can tell, is some Canuck-y news organization), he says that the 80% number does not refer to steroids or HGH but things like painkillers and other less headline grabbing stuff. The interview is worth watching, as Gagne comes across as an intelligent and thoughtful guy of the Jim Bouton mold, and not as a sensationalist self-promoter like Jose Canseco.

Jeff Wilson has a notes column, saying that Yu Darvish's next start has yet to be determined, quoting Washington to the effect that the Rangers' running game is "out of sorts," and naming the August / September Rangers minor league player awards. Washington saying the running game is out of sorts is an understatement on the order of calling Tom Cruise's courtship rituals a little unsettling.

T.R. Sullivan's notes indicate that the Rangers are targeting Sunday for Darvish's return to the rotation, and tell us that Nelson Cruz donated a fire truck to his hometown. There's also a bit about the Rangers' terrible baserunning of late, but let's just concentrate on that fire truck, shall we?

Wired has an article about Hillerich & Bradsby's quest to make hard bats which would appeal to those of you that like shows like How it's Made.

Finally, here's a visual metaphor for last night's game.