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Sunday morning Rangers news and links

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Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers who read LSB.

Drew Davison's game story talks about how the Rangers weren't worried, even when things got tight in the 9th inning, because they had Joe Nathan.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about how, after being almost perfect the last time he faced the Astros, Yu Darvish wasn't perfect (and neither was the bullpen), but they ended up being good enough for the win.

Barry Horn has a game story at the DMN where he talks about Nelson Cruz providing a lift for the Rangers when they desperately needed one yesterday.

Todd Wills has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Gil Lebreton has a column about how MLB needs to make changes with the umpires to fix the mistakes that are being made.

Drew Davison has a lengthy piece about advanced statistics making their way into baseball. He talks to Rangers players, who pretty much ignore them, it sounds like, and the Rangers front office folks, with Jon Daniels saying that the front office understands them and knows how to use them, but doesn't have a dedicated statistical department.

Gerry Fraley has a column on the case for Adrian Beltre making the Hall of Fame.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column about Yu Darvish.

On a side note, one of the things that Jeff Luhnow mentioned last night at the BP event is that the Astros have a proprietary projection system that they use for modeling expectations for both their own players and all other professional players.

Jeff Wilson writes that MLB players who are arrested for a DUI shouldn't face additional punishment on top of what the legal system hits them with.

The S-T has a story about 2000 fans at TBIA last night for the "Rangers sleepover."

Sullivan's notes talk about Colby Lewis's setback because of his triceps muscle soreness, Robinson Chirinos being expected to start today, the back of the bullpen tearing things up, and Yu Darvish facing off against Justin Verlander on Thursday.