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Bradst1ck on Chris Carter: "Is Chris Carter bad enough to be cut by the Astros?"

Bob Levey

The Rangers pitchers set a record for strikeouts in the first three games of the season, which is one of those strange and completely meaningless records. Ogando did his part yesterday, striking out 10 in 6 1/3 and getting the mid-inning Ron Washington butt-chewing that is normally reserved for Derek Holland.

Randy Galloway has a column that is chiefly notable for its hamfisted attempts to shoehorn sushi references into a piece about Yu Darvish.

Jeff Wilson has some notes, among which we learn that Darvish is expected to make his next start on Sunday against the Angels despite an elevated pitch count on Tuesday and a small blister on his ring finger.

Zack Meisel at MLB.com has some notes, as well, with the primary focus being on Josh Hamilton's return to The Ballpark on Friday.

T.R. Sullivan's notes column has reactions from Darvish's rotation mates on Tuesday's game, comments on Berkman's strong start, and that Darvish only reached 111 pitches because of the momentous nature of the game.

Kevin Sherrington says you should cheer Josh Hamilton on his return to The Ballpark on Friday because he's someone else's problem now. Actually, the DMN has a probably SEO-induced spasm of Hamilton stories, with Jon Daniels being quoted as saying there "are no hard feelings," Josh Hamilton saying that when he saw one set of footprints in the sand it was because Josh was carrying Jesus, and Derek Holland saying about Hamilton "we just have to move on," hopefully by throwing every pitch a foot outside.

We all know that the only person who doesn't want to throw a pitch behind Ian Kinsler's head is Adam Morris, so it's not surprising that Rhiner Cruz came inside to Ian in the ninth yesterday and earned some trademark Kinsler petulance.

Speaking of irritants, here's a #humblebrag from C.J. Wilson.

Todd Wills at ESPN had his rapid reactions to yesterday's game.

Alexi Ogando was motivated by Yu Darvish's Tuesday night outing to dominate the hapless Astros.

Finally, on the bus ride back from Houston, I came across this story in The Atlantic about one of the earliest surviving baseball broadcasts. That broadcast spans 2/3's of the Major League career of one Dick Bass, a career that Thomas Hobbes, had he been a baseball analyst, would have termed "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."