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No Soto no Joy
No Soto no Joy
Ronald Martinez

Good morning.

Calvin Watkins provided the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' lazy Sunday 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Christian Corona writes about Scott Baker coming through in a spot start to collect his first win as a starter since the 2011 season.

Stefan Stevenson writes that Baker is da real MVP after doing all the ugly work of a mop up pitcher on a horrible team all season and pitching well yesterday when the team asked him to make a start on short notice.

Landon Haaf notes that the Rangers traded preseason starting catcher Geovany Soto, and Yu Darvish's personal catcher, to the Oakland A's for a couple hundred grand and a strand of Josh Donaldson's fashion rattail.

Watkins writes that with Soto and Chris Gimenez shuffled off in the last few days, the Rangers are getting a chance to sort out their future at catcher.

Kevin Sherrington has an opinion piece on how GM Jon Daniels is awful at evaluating players or something. I had to check the byline a couple of times to make sure it wasn't a Fraley.

Gil LeBreton writes that the final five weeks of the season amounts to nothing much more than a tryout camp for some depth players getting an opportunity.

Anthony Andro writes that some of those depth players like Dan Robertson and Adam Rosales are making the most of their unexpected opportunities.

Watkins notes that the Rangers aren't ruling out a 2014 return for Yu Darvish but he won't pitch until he's free of symptoms related to his elbow inflammation.

Corona handles the MLB.com Notebook and covers Derek Holland's rehab hiccup, Roberston getting a chance to lead off yesterday, Elvis Andrus' improved hitting, and various items.

Finally, Matthew DeFranks previews tonight's series opener in Seattle between the Rangers and the contending Mariners. Who's going to stay up until midnight to see if Miles Mikolas helps the Rangers win their 51st game of the season?!