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Friday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news and notes on the back-to-back American League West Champion Texas Rangers

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Good morning. The Rangers outscored the Angels by nine runs in their series but only won two of three because the Angels performed an improbable ninth inning comeback. So this is what it’s like on the other side.

Levi Weaver writes that the Rangers’ series-winning 8-3 victory yesterday was all feel-good.

Jeff Wilson reacts to the win as Texas beat Anaheim with nearly everything clicking, including Yu Darvish’s first 10 strikeout game of the year.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Darvish had that good slider working which is always bad news for the opposition and good news for you and me.

Jeff Sullivan writes that the reinvention of Elvis Andrus has taken hold and turned the American League’s leader in slugging percentage (No, seriously, that’s true. Look it up.) into a better hitter than most.

Evan Grant’s Notebook includes the latest injury updates and the likelihood of Andrew Cashner making his Rangers debut on Saturday.

Sullivan of the T.R. variety writes that Cashner will be the starter on Saturday unless, in the words of Jeff Banister, "there are always things that can happen."

Wilson writes about Martin Perez looking to shake off his poor performance on the road last season in his first road start of 2017.

Perez will get that first opportunity for road success against new friend Felix Hernandez tonight in Seattle.

Grants writes that Perez knows this isn’t the WBC and his countrymate King Felix isn’t his teammate tonight.

And, lastly, Elvis Andrus isn’t just hitting the snot out of the ball as MLB.com’s Cut4 is here to crown Elvis as the King of Dekes.

Have a nice day!