Good morning. Poor Prince Fielder. He's the only person on the Rangers that has to work over the next few days and yet he's the one person who probably earned a vacation.
Mike Heika of the DMN recaps yesterday's mistake-filled 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in the first half finale.
Anthony Andro's game story focuses in on Shin-Soo Choo's lackadaisical play in right field leading to one of the few ground ball triples you'll ever see. Maybe a bad effort play masks an 0-4 day at the plate. Maybe Choo is brilliant.
Stefan Stevenson writes about the Rangers closing the first half of the season with a 1-7 homestand after they had spent most of the first half winning against tougher opponents on the road.
T.R. Sullivan writes about the "tough day" as Jeff Banister wasn't happy with the effort of some people *cough*Choo*cough* while noting that Tyson Ross had a good outing.
Evan Grant's annual midseason report card article is dinosaur-themed. It's a fun read but the real treat is reading the comments below the article.
"Smart...cator your article towards that hard to get 12 to 15 demographics. I stopped reading a couple of dinos in...adult male here."
Sullivan notes that Fielder is heading back to work going for his third crown in the Home Run Derby tonight from Cincinnati.
Alden Gonzalez writes about Rangers' outfield prospects Nick Williams and Nomar Mazara and their day at the MLB Futures Game yesterday. Williams went 1-2 with an RBI coming off the bench for the winning U.S. squad, while Maraza went 2-3 as the starting DH for the World team.
Jeff Wilson also profiles Williams and Mazara as they took different development tactics to end up in the same place in Cincinnati for the Futures Game.
In Baseball America's Futures Game recap, Ben Badler shows Williams some love by evoking the names of Joc Pederson and Carlos Gonzalez while claiming that Williams had the best BP showing of the U.S. team yesterday.
Have a nice break.