Texas hasn't lost in the entire time since I last did a morning links post. I have nothing to complain about. Thanks a lot, Rangers.
Todd Wills provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 6-1 win over the bootless Houston Astros as the Rangers won their seventh straight game.
T.R. Sullivan recaps a game in which Martin Perez struck out a career-high eight Astros, tossed the first complete game of his career, and, most importantly, clinched a Ranger Silver Boot trophy win.
Drew Davison's game story focuses on Perez being in control from the start yesterday and has this quote from Perez on his quest to finish the game:
"I talked to the guys and told them to score more runs because I want to finish my game," Perez said. "And they did."
I'm starting to get the feeling that Perez actually was just bored in Round Rock.
Behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant writes that it was a 22-year-old rookie pitcher and a 20-year-old rookie shortstop who contributed the most to yesterday's win as the Rangers keep finding different guys to carry them during this current streak of 12 wins in 13 games.
Wills writes about Perez continuing to gain trust in himself, while gaining the trust of his teammates, as he matures on the mound.
On the DMN blog, Grant writes about the Rangers scoring a bunch of runs late in games which has helped to propel them to their season best winning streak.
Because it can't all be good news, Davison notes that Neftali Feliz was scratched from his rehab outing in Round Rock on Saturday because of mild triceps tendinitis.
Sullivan's Notebook covers the Rangers officially sending Leury Garcia to Chicago to complete the Alex Rios deal, Lance Berkman's rehab, and Joakim Soria on Feliz's path back to the majors, among other items.
Davison has notes on Berkman having a solid first rehab game, Yu Darvish being awesome, and a few other notes.
MLB.com's William Boor previews today's finale in Houston where Darvish will look to get that perfect game and the Rangers will try to sweep the Astros for their eighth straight win.
Finally, MLB.com's Chris Abshire, perhaps the Houston version of T.R. Sullivan, has some Astros notes. Surprisingly, the notes aren't just a perpetual scrawling of "All Astros baseball and no press box beer make Abshire go crazy." In fact, the first note is about how Rangers fans have been noticeable while raiding Minute Maid Park this season.