Good morning. For the second time in as many weeks, the Rangers had a rain-shortened night end in a loss. Not that anyone is complaining about fewer innings of 2014 Rangers baseball.
ESPN Dallas' Doug Padilla handles the Rapid Reaction to the rain soaked 5-3 Rangers loss in 7 innings to the Chicago White Sox.
The Rangers are in the midst of the four game losing streak this road trip, and, as T.R. Sullivan writes, the theme of the trip seems to be going ahead early only to relinquish the lead late. That includes last night when the Rangers went ahead 3-0 in the second inning before allowing five unanswered White Sox runs.
Jeff Wilson's recap focuses on poor, poor Nick Martinez who was thrown to the Major League wolves again last night.
Maybe Derek Holland comes up soon to mercifully end Martinez's weekly beatings. Then again, Calvin Watkins writes that Holland was blown up for four runs on 42 pitches in his one inning of work in his second rehab outing last night.
Sullivan's Notebook covers Jim Adduci's excitement to play in his hometown of Chicago, the dawning of the Carp era, Holland's rough rehab outing, and some minor league promotion news.
Evan Grant has more from Jon Daniels on Jorge Alfaro and Nomar Mazara's promotion to Double-A Frisco. Apparently the Rangers want Alfaro working with their most talented rotation and for Mazara to be rewarded for his production and maturity.
Sullivan previews tonight's game between the Rangers and White Sox with former Rangers' 1st round pick Colby Lewis taking the mound against former Rangers' 1st round pick John Danks.
Speaking of Colby, EG has the interesting note that Lewis has finally been able to throw bullpen sessions between starts which has contributed to his increased stamina and a nice run of success in the second half.
Lastly, remember Tom Emanski? I know Fred McGriff does. Erik Malinowski wondered whatever happened to Emanski post endless AAU National Championships and infomercials on late-night ESPN.