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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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The latest news and notes on the AL West leading Texas Rangers

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Good morning. I missed you so much, Win Column.

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' 4-1 win against the Cubs thanks mostly to a sterling effort from Cole Hamels.

Jeff Wilson's reactions to the win include thoughts on Hamels ramping up for the second half and the bullpen coming together.

T.R. Sullivan writes about Hamels dominating the Cubs again to put an end to the losing streak which was as good as a no-hitter for the Rangers.

Tim Cowlishaw writes that the Rangers still need rotation help even after Hamels gave everyone a little room to breathe on Sunday.

Sullivan notes that a rested and sharp Sam Dyson picked up his 19th save by striking out the side in his first action since July 8.

Phil Rogers writes that the team will go only as far as Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish take them and includes favorable quotes from Cubs manager Joe Maddon about the similarities between his team and the Rangers.

MLB.com's Chad Thornburg curates the bevy of rumors out there about the Rangers and their search for pitching ahead of the trade deadline.

Wilson writes that a couple of Andrews  -- Cashner and Miller -- are on the Rangers' radar along with like 20 Tampa Bay Rays hurlers.

Sullivan previews tonight's opener between the Rangers and Angels as we go from lunch with the Rangers over the weekend in Chicago to late night snack on the west coast in Anaheim.

Lastly, apparently MLB is considering a return to a 154 game schedule and I would gladly accept eight fewer games if it meant the Wild Card playoffs became a brief series (or, preferably, abolished altogether) instead of the current single game farce.

Have a nice day.