Good morning. The Rangers have won consecutive games and return home tonight, so things are looking up. Of course, they now have to face those pesky A's.
Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' 2-1 win over the Royals yesterday with Texas taking its first series of July.
Among Stefan Stevenson's reactions to the win is the hope that the summer swoon is finally lifting as the Rangers return to Arlington with a couple of wins.
Evan Grant writes that for all the doom and gloom, in the Rangers' arduous stretch of "29 of their last 39 games on the road, including 19 of the last 23," Texas went 20-19.
T.R. Sullivan's game story focuses on the bullpen coming up strong as it held off the Royals for four innings to allow a 1-0 deficit to become a 2-1 win.
Gil LeBreton writes that this is the week that will decide the fate of the Rangers as the trade deadline looms.
On the deadline, Grant writes that Jon Daniels is now more open to trading for rental starters and had the whole front office looking at Edinson Volquez against the Rangers yesterday.
Sullivan writes that a rental could be slotted in to help buttress the rotation until Colby Lewis and Derek Holland are healthy if the Rangers decide it's more prudent to hang onto the likes of Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar.
Sullivan previews tonight's series opener against Oakland with Martin Perez making the start against RHP Daniel Mengden. The Rangers need a good one from 'Teen.
Finally, the DMN has video of a brawl between Houston's Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and Frisco. Somewhere, Jeff Banister points and he doesn't know why.
Have a great day.