Good morning. You're welcome, Kansas City.
MLB.com's Jackson Alexander recaps the Rangers' 4-3 loss to Salvador Perez and the first place Kansas City Royals.
Stefan Stevenson's game story focuses on Colby Lewis picking up a tough loss, and tying Yu Darvish for the team lead in innings pitched, despite pitching pretty well.
David Thomas writes in depth about how the long, miserable season for us has been difficult for the Rangers' broadcast booth, as well.
Joey Gallo ended his 2014 campaign with his 42nd home run of the season. He hit it across the street:
As Teddy Cahill writes for MiLB.com, Gallo finished second behind uber prospect Kris Bryant's 43 dongs for the minor league home run title. However, despite leaving the Carolina League on June 6, Gallo won that league title with 21 homers. Gallo (21 homers) finished second to Telvin Nash (22 homers) in the Texas League despite 23 fewer at-bats. In an era where home run power barely exists anymore, Gallo is a monster.
Jonah Keri has a lengthy piece at Grantland about where teams stand right now and focuses on the Rangers as a bounce back candidate. (Bonus points for featuring an O'Day chant video from The Ballpark.)
Paul Swydan writes at ESPN Insider about the future of ten non-playoff teams which obviously will include the Rangers.
Stevenson has notes on Derek Holland's long awaited return tonight, the first batch of September call-ups, and various injury updates.
Evan Grant writes that Holland learned from a sick teen that there are worse things than your dog ruining an entire baseball season.
Lastly, MLB.com's Jake Kring-Schreifels previews Holland's 2014 debut tonight in the second game of the three-game set against the Royals.