Good morning. Only one half of the 2014 season to go! We can do this!
Randy Jennings provided the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 3-2 homestand-concluding defeat to the Minnesota Twins.
MLB.com's Dave Sessions recaps a game where the managers of both teams claimed that the Twins escaped a sweep in Arlington thanks to some lucky bounces. That's the way baseball go, and such.
Drew Davison calls the 3-2 loss a fitting way for the Rangers to end the first half of a "troubled" 2014 season.
Gerry Fraley looks on the bright side and writes that Colby Lewis was pretty good even though the Ranger offense decided to waste his first quality start of the season.
Jennings writes about Michael Choice's poor day at the plate to continue an alarming streak of poor days at the plate.
In actual decent news, Landon Haaf profiles Adrian Beltre's scorching hot month of June when basically no one else on the Rangers has even been lukewarm. When Adrian Beltre is an old man he'll have to walk with a cane after having to carry these Rangers the last several years.
Fraley writes that with one half down -- and one foot in the grave -- the Rangers will be spending the second half teaching their young future core about how to be big leaguers.
Kevin Casas interviews Michael Young who looks at the AL West standings and says, "Yeah, I'm pretty OK with being retired."
Sessions handles the MLB.com Notebook and covers possible Ranger All-Star Game participants, Joakim Soria's trouble with the Twins, Beltre's hot month, and other notes.
John Henry has notes on Beltre's case for the All-Star Game (If he isn't there, I won't watch it), Soria getting a loss, Luis Sardinas making way for Adam Rosales, and other items of note.
MLB.com's Steven Petrella previews tonight's series opener between the Rangers and Orioles in Baltimore with Joe Saunders trying to avoid allowing a dozen Nelson Cruz dongs.
Lastly, who all is going to the Rangers' Sleepover party at The Ballpark? And why haven't we made this a LSB event?