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Texas won last night, Oakland lost last night, and now Texas is back in a tie for first place.

Jeff Wilson, in his game story, praises Martin Perez for his "control" of the game last night.

T.R. Sullivan has quotes in his game story on Perez from Ron Washington, with Wash praising Perez's mound presence and composure, and saying that "this is the first time he's shown he's a big league pitcher."

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

Gil Lebreton has a column on Nelson Cruz playing well the past two games in a park that has some bad memories.

Evan Grant has a column on Cruz mashing since moving to the #3 spot in the lineup.

Kevin Sherrington has a column on Martin Perez possibly being able to shore up the Rangers' "shoddy" rotation.

Drew Davison has a story on minor league second baseman Ryan Rua, who has 23 home runs so far this season for low-A Hickory.

Brad Townsend has a piece on David Clyde, who made his major league debut with the Rangers 40 years ago next week.

The S-T's notes have items on Nelson Cruz hitting third, Ian Kinsler's stolen bases, and Jeff Baker's injured thumb.

Sullivan's notes talk about Cruz hitting third, Ian Kinsler's return sparking the offense, and five of the Rangers seven relievers coming from places not too far from St. Louis.