Good morning. The Rangers are still the worst team in baseball. Go back to bed.
Calvin Watkins provided the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 6-2 win over the Houston Astros to avoid an eight-game losing streak against Houston and a second consecutive series sweep by the Astros. Later, the Rockies won so the Rangers are still tied for the worst winning percentage in baseball.
MLB.com's Richard Dean recaps the road trip finale win with the Rangers going 3-6 away from Arlington to begin August. The Rangers got home runs from Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo so that was pretty cool.
Stefan Stevenson writes that Nick Martinez got his first win since late May as he was able to out-pitch a hot Dallas Keuchel and put an end to the Astros' winning streak against Texas.
Steve Hunt of FOX Sports Southwest writes about Jake Thompson who is making noise for Double-A Frisco after the Rangers acquired him in the Joakim Soria trade last month.
MLB.com's Doug Miller notes that a quartet of Indians tossed an 11-inning no-hitter in the Northwest League for Rangers' Class A affiliate Spokane. Congratulations to Derek Thompson, Shane McCain, Adam Parks, and Luis Pollorena.
The DMN has a slideshow for the rest of the minors to update on how their month of August has been going so far. Jorge Alfaro, for example, has really taken a shine to Double-A ball.
Dean handles the MLB.com Notebook and covers Alex Rios' re-aggravated ankle injury, Choo's milestone, Derek Holland's thoughts on his rehab, among other items.
Stevenson notes that Colby Lewis has been consistently good in the second half, Holland is feeling good, and Mike Carp is day-to-day.
Finally, David Adler previews tonight's contest between Texas and Tampa Bay as the Rangers make their way home for a four-game set against the Rays.