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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news and notes on the defending AL West Champion Texas Rangers

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Good morning. What's up with the Texas Rangers? They're winless in May. Is it time to panic?

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' 9-6 loss to the Anaheim Angels to close out their six-game homestand.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers lost for the first time with Cole Hamels on the mound in nearly half a season's worth of starts.

Dave Session's game story focuses on Hamels' struggles even though he left the game after five innings with the score tied.

Brad Townsend writes that the Rangers maintain their upcoming ALDS rematch series in Toronto is just another road trip but now they'll have to prove it.

Much bigger than a Blue Jays rematch or a May loss is the fact that Yu Darvish pitched for the first time since (August 9, 2014) nearly a year to the day before the Rangers had previously lost a game that Cole Hamels started (August 7, 2015).

Chris Roland writes that Darvish was happy with his outing as he pitched two scoreless innings of rehab work for Frisco on Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Andro was there to see Darvish return to the mound and notes that Yu was perhaps a little amped up in his first work in over a year as he was throwing 97 MPH.

Wilson notes that Josh Hamilton's rehab didn't go as well yesterday as he was pulled from action with soreness returning to his knee.

Townsend has more on hurting Hamilton and where he and the Rangers go from here.

Luis Ortiz was one of the prospect stars of Sunday for impossibly throwing six scoreless innings in a California League game.

Gil LeBreton writes that the Rangers avoided last season's April showers and now get to enter May in first place in the AL West.

Lastly, the Rangers' return to Toronto is the marquee matchup around baseball during the first week of May.

Have a great day.