Good morning. That was a tough week for the Rangers, no? At least we can take solace in the fact that Joey Gallo is an oasis in a vast power desert.
The Rangers went from being the only winless team in the Cactus League to evening up their record at 3-3 in about 24 hours thanks to a win on Saturday and a split-squad double header sweep yesterday.
MLB.com's William Boor covered the Rangers' Prince Fielder dinger-fueled 8-7 win in Surprise over the Cleveland Indians and Carrie Muskat recaps the Rangers' 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Mesa where Gallo and Mitch Moreland blasted off.
In case you missed it, here was Gallo going orbital:
Stefan Stevenson writes that the Rangers got strong spring debuts from Moreland, Elvis Andrus, and even Ross Ohlendorf.
MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports on the Rangers players' reactions to the Yu Darvish news where Derek Holland says he's ready to step up and be the guy and Adrian Beltre still thinks the Rangers can win.
Jean-Jacques Taylor, however, is already putting the Rangers down for last place in the AL West.
Tim Healey of Sports on Earth explores whether or not the Rangers will recoup value from Darvish's contract even if he misses a year (Spoilers: Probably.)
Kevin Sherrington wants the Rangers to trade for Cole Hamels to send a message that 2015 isn't 2014.
Sanchez has a nice profile on ridiculously young Michael De Leon soaking in experience with the major leaguers this spring.
In Stevenson's spring notes he writes about Jeff Banister's affinity for Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his progressive style.
Speaking of Banister, Dale Hansen had a sit-down interview with the new skipper where he talks about "Why not us?"
The Question of the Week at Lone Star Ball Facebook asked for a name for whatever has cursed the Texas Rangers franchise. Folks apparently think Nolan Ryan is some sort of voodoo doctor.
Finally, as if the Rangers didn't have enough to worry about in regards to their health, Evan Grant writes that the the team is taking precautions against a possible measles/mumps outbreak.
Have a nice day.