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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The number one source for all your Yu Darvish worship

As long as he's hitting game-winning home runs, the beard can stay
As long as he's hitting game-winning home runs, the beard can stay
Brian Blanco

Yu Darvish returned and everything is right with the world.

Still, you can't beat an Elvis Andrus 8th inning go-ahead home run:

Chris Girandola provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 3-0 shutout win over the Rays to avoid a sweep in Tampa.

T.R. Sullivan's game recap covers Darvish's sterling 2014 debut and Elvis' powerfully surprising game-winning home run.

Jeff Wilson summarizes yesterday's game with Ron Washington saying Elvis is good for five dongs per year so he picked a good time for the first one.

Evan Grant writes that Darvish returned with the goal of letting his efficient pitching answer any questions and then draped a Mission Accomplished banner on the mound in Tampa yesterday.

Mark Townsend at the Big League Stew covers Yu Darvish making MLB history by becoming the fastest pitcher to reach the 500 career strikeout plateau yesterday.

EG writes, with an opt-out clause looming, it's time for the Rangers to make a decision on Colby Lewis after he made it near the 100 pitch mark in a minor league game yesterday and wasn't Joe Saunders.

Sullivan previews tonight's series opener between the Rangers and the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. John Lackey is pitching tonight and that means I'm bummed Ian Kinsler isn't a Ranger anymore.

Wilson reports that Tanner Scheppers -- tonight's starter for the Rangers -- has been "itching to get back out there" following his rough debut as a starter on Opening Day a week ago.

Grant has a few notes and includes a quote from the skipper about not letting the butterflies of Fenway turn into moths.

Sullivan's Notebook covers the young starters in the Fenway limelight, Nick Martinez's immediate and long-term future, and Robbie Ross' jubilation over Kentucky's NCAA Tourney run.

Lastly, Yu Darvish's debut after a long layoff was so impressive, it was the first thing that caught David Schoenfield's eye from over the weekend.