So, how'd Yu Darvish do yesterday you ask? Just watch this:
It was just another day where Darvish had dominant no-hit stuff. In the second half of this season, Darvish has allowed four runs and struck out 35 batters in 26 1/3 innings. Yu Darvish is ridiculous.
Richard Durrett is back to provide the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 2-1 franchise record breaking 8th straight win within a single road trip victory over the Houston Astros.
T.R. Sullivan recaps a game where Darvish set a new career high in strikeouts with 15 while tossing 7 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball.
Drew Davison's game story is, of course, about Darvish. Davison notes that Yu has now joined Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Sam McDowell and Pedro Martinez among pitchers with at least five 14-plus strikeout games in one season.
Behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant writes about Yu's nearly perfect day that capped off the Rangers' nearly perfect road trip.
Todd Wills writes about Darvish flirting with history against the Astros for the second time this season. Here's Yu's take on his outing yesterday:
"I think I was in pretty good shape and had a good outing."
Humble on the outside, warrior on the inside.
MLB.com's Alyson Footer writes about how yet another fun game of baseball was nearly ruined by an umpire trying to make it about him. In the latest edition of #umpshow, in the bottom of the 6th inning yesterday, thin-skinned home plate umpire Ron Kulpa ejected catcher A.J. Pierzynski after missing what looked like strike three in the at-bat that ultimately led to the Astros' first baserunner.
Would Darvish had been able to finish his no-hitter, at the very least, had his catcher not been ejected? We'll never know. But hey, at least Ron Kulpa made the news.
What did Pierzynski, Ron Washington, Joe Nathan, and others think of Darvish's day? Davison has a blog post up with a bunch of quotes.
Richard Justice has a piece marveling at Darvish being this good. I mean, let's not forget, Yu Darvish is practically the same as Dice-K.
In an absolute stunner, Gerry Fraley was on SportsDay On Air and said that he believes the Rangers will win the American League West by five games.
Sullivan's Notebook covers a rising Odor masking the loss of Leury Garcia, Jurickson Profar's stretch run role as catalyst, an update on rehabbing Rangers, and a few random items.
Davison's notes tackle Profar helping the Rangers stay fresh for September, injury updates, Jeff Baker getting more playing time at first base, and a couple other notes.
MLB.com's Andrew Simon previews tonight's contest between the Rangers and Brewers which will pit Alexi Ogando against Marco Estrada as the Rangers go for their ninth straight win.
Lastly, Dayn Perry of the Eye On Baseball blog implores the Rangers and A's to quit playing games with newly re-acquired Adam Rosales' heart. To which, I say: Welcome Back, Rosey:
h/t to Schoolly_D for song choice