Good morning. It's a three day weekend and Josh Hamilton is in the lineup today and the Rangers are winning every game so it's basically the good ol' days again.
Bryan Hoch and T.R. Sullivan tag team the game story for the Rangers' 5-2 win to sweep of the New York Yankees. If you tuned into ESPN last night you might have thought you were watching Naked and Afraid with Texas' total undressing of the Yankees.
Sullivan writes that Rangers' starter Yovani Gallardo got off to a slow start but ended up having one of his best starts as a Ranger with six innings of four-hit, one-run ball with a season high six strikeouts.
Anthony Andro recaps the Rangers' weekend which saw them sweep the Yankees in Yankee Stadium for the first time at New Yankee Stadium and first time in New York since the 2003 season. Oh, and they are also in the midst of a season high five-game winning streak.
Jeff Wilson writes about Josh Hamilton's return to the lineup and how it will affect the suddenly indispensable Delino DeShields. Who would have guessed even a week ago that Hamilton's return would make folks concerned about Delino DeShields getting enough playing time?
Sullivan writes that for the first time since the end of the 2012 season, Hamilton will be in the Rangers' lineup today in Cleveland. It's still weird.
Wilson writes that the players in the clubhouse are ready to support Hamilton as he transitions back to being a Texas Ranger.
Bill Baer of HardballTalk notes that the Rangers signed veteran right-handed reliever Jared Burton to a minor league contract yesterday.
Finally, Levi Weaver writes that Adrian Beltre is going to be in the Hall of Fame. Period. End of story. And it was nice to hear the folks on ESPN speak in those terms last night as well.
Have a nice holiday.