Good morning. I can't even remember the last time I wrote the morning links after a Rangers' win.
Indeed, Calvin Watkins provided the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 4-2 win over the New York Yankees.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the game which saw the Rangers sustain a two-out rally in the 6th inning to turn a one-run deficit into the eventual two-run win.
Evan Grant writes that Miles Mikolas was fired up to get his first win as a starter and Ron Washington was just happy to see a starter pitch into the 8th inning.
Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on Mikolas turning in his best start as a big leaguer which included a big 5th inning double play grounder hit by Derek Jeter when it looked like the Yankees were going to tack on runs.
Sullivan takes a turn profiling "renaissance man" Eric Nadel as he readies himself to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday.
D.J. Short of Hardball Talk writes about how Shin-Soo Choo now admits that he tried to come back too fast from his April ankle injury and he regrets what has become a lost season. I guess sometimes Choo. Play. Hard. Every. Single. Day. isn't for the best.
Wilson notes that recently injured Alex Rios is looking to return as early as tomorrow with Washington having terrible Choo flashbacks and saying he'll hold Rios back until Wednesday.
In T.R.'s Notebook, because it's 2014 and we can't have nice things, Sullivan covers the minor injuries Geovany Soto and Jake Smolinski sustained during last night's win, and more on the ankles of Choo and Rios among other items.
Grace Raynor previews tonight's contest which sees the return of Nick Martinez as he faces Chase Whitley and the New York Yankees.
Finally, Mike Oz of the Big League Stew shows off a beard of a Washington Nationals fan putting all other beards to shame.