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Oh, you're sending Ross Wolf? Ninja, that's all you had to say!

Rick Yeatts

Anthony Andro has a postgame story focusing on the unlikely heroics of Ross Wolf and Neal Cotts, who are both rightfully proud of their journeys back to the bigs.

Drew Davison's postgame story says that Ross Wolf planned to retire after this season, but those plans have been put on hold. To paraphrase another Wolf, let's not start chucking each other's Bics just yet.

Todd Wills has a postgame column that says sometimes baseball is a game about narratives and sometimes it's a pretty good one. Wills also has a rapid reaction column.

Martin Perez is apparently gravely concerned that all these innings are going to people you've never heard of before.

Gerry Fraley notes that the Rangers' bullpen is now lefty-heavy.

Drew Davison notes that Cory Burns' stay in the majors was nasty, brutish, and short. Actually, it was only short, but I wanted to make a Thomas Hobbes reference so I could link this review of two books about the historical human experience.

T.R. Sullivan's notes column tells us that this will be Justin Grimm's third start against Seattle, Jeff Baker is licking his chops over finally facing a lefty again, and that Seattle dropped Michael Saunders from the leadoff spot to number two in the order after a 5 for 36 road trip.

Todd Wills has a notes column where we learn that Neal Cotts is the hottest Ranger reliever besides every other Ranger reliever (I know that sounds like one of my joke article summaries, but that's what he actually says so kudos to him)..

I like the Memorial Day Ranger hats.

All the stories about Ross Wolf canceling his retirement led me to bleakly wonder how many pitchers had notched a single career Major League win... an amazing accomplishment given the overall odds but still a pitiful monument to a lifetime of work and practice. On that note, I leave you with a bit on George Mallory, who possibly fell to his death after successfully achieving the summit of Everest.