How did Elvis Andrus celebrate his 25th birthday?
Always nice to see Big Bear doin' thangs.
Never nice to see Kyle Seager anywhere near a Rangers game.
25% of Kyle Seager's home runs this season (5 of 20) have come against the Rangers. Kyle Seager hadn't hit a home run since July 31 and has since hit three against the Rangers in the last ten days. Kyle Seager will never be finished with the Rangers. Kyle Seager will not rest. Luckily for the Rangers, Kyle Seager cannot always do it all by himself.
ESPN Dallas' Gregg Bell has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 8-3 victory over Kyle Seager (who took Travis Blackley deep) and the Seattle Mariners.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the Rangers' win and writes about Blackley getting his first win as a Texas Ranger as he benefited from eight runs of support from the offense.
Jeff Wilson hearkens back to the struggles of the Ranger No. 5 starters last season when writing about Blackley's quality start during last night's game.
Behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant writes about the Rangers winning on Elvis Andrus' birthday while Elvis continued to contribute with the bat during this second half.
Wilson writes about pitchers' wins while focusing on Matt Garza. Gulp.
On the DMN blog, Evan Grant reports that Blackley has earned another start and that the Rangers' new No. 5 starter will next take the mound on Sept. 1 against Minnesota.
Sullivan's Notebook covers Leonys Martin taking an extra day off to recover from his ouchie, the Rangers considering using Michael Kirkman as a starter (Editor's note: No no no!) in September, the return of Neftali Feliz this weekend, and other September call-up notes.
Wilson has notes on Lance Berkman in line for reinstatement on Sept. 1, Martin's status, and Derek Holland's recuperation from a scare on the mound.
Grant has a brief note on Jeff Baker's historic home run per at-bat rate against left-handed pitching this season.
Lastly, Master Tesfatsion previews tonight's rematch between Derek Holland and Hisashi Iwakuma. When last these two starters met, on August 16, Holland left with a 1-0 lead. Of course, as we well know, Kyle Seager had to go and ruin things.