Good morning. Who's ready to be mad/happy about acquiring/failing to acqire Cole Hamels?
First off, let's get the recap of yesterday's Trouting out of the way. Katy Clarke writes about the 13-7 series finale loss to the Angels which saw the Rangers fail to finish off a sweep but come away with another winning road trip.
Anthony Andro breaks down Josh Hamilton's return to Anaheim where the locals booed but the Rangers took the series.
On trade deadline rumors, Ken Rosenthal echos the current industry thought that the Rangers lead the chase to acquire Cole Hamels.
Jayson Stark believes the Rangers and Dodgers are the two teams most likely to land Hamels before Friday's deadline.
T.R. Sullivan thinks the Rangers are still in on Hamels but writes that folks within the org are bracing for Hamels landing in LA.
Evan Grant takes a look at where the Rangers stand in the playoff race and trade market after a winning road trip to open up the second half.
Wilson has notes including Matt Harrison making the start tonight fresh off a six shutout inning performance, Wandy Rodriguez making another start this week, Hamilton playing in his 1,000th game, and plans for Ryan Rua.
Lastly, Pedro Martinez is a Hall of Famer now. Pedro is the best pitcher I've ever seen. Out of the 549 qualified, 49 baseball voters didn't vote Pedro Martinez into the Hall of Fame. Every time those voters turn on a television, I hope it's showing the hot dog scene from Nothing But Trouble.
Have a nice day.