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The latest news and notes on Mitch Moreland's startling ascent to competency

Not even the Maddux shoulder rub could save Grimm last night
Not even the Maddux shoulder rub could save Grimm last night
Thearon W. Henderson

I'm sorry if you stayed up to watch last night's baseball game.

ESPN Dallas' Eric Gilmore writes the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. I recall Mitch Moreland hitting a home run. I know Justin Grimm wasn't very good. I seem to remember A.J. Griffin striking out like 47 Rangers somehow. Other than that, last night's game means nothing to me.

T.R. Sullivan recaps the loss and notes that the Rangers have now lost 9 of 11 in Oakland. Which, gross. Maybe Trevor Cahill put a hex on the place before he left Oakland.

Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on Justin Grimm having a truly bad game and the Rangers' hitters being unhappy with the strikezone last night.

Behind the DMN paywall, Gerry Fraley writes about the game. It was a game with a lot to grouse about so I'm sure Fraley loved every minute of it.

Wills wrote about Nolan Ryan's appearance on the Galloway and Company radio show where Ryan said things are going smoothly in the Texas front office right now.

The DMN notes the best thing, and only item I really care about, from Nolan's interview, where he had this to say about Yu Darvish's secondary pitches:

I don't know if I'd call them his secondary pitches because I really think his slider is the best slider in baseball, so I don't know that I'd qualify that as a secondary pitch.

Wilson has a piece on the rising strikeout rate in the majors this season and how the Rangers haven't followed suit so far. Though, the Rangers did K 11 times last night but Wilson had probably already turned this article in.

Sullivan's Notebook covers David Murphy's bruised back, Colby Lewis' tender triceps, Michael Kirkman's improvement endeavor, and various other items.

Lastly, Wilson has some notes on Lewis' mild setback, Derek Holland reverting back to an old long toss routine, and a couple of injury updates.

Be sure to get in a nap before tonight's game.