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Tuesday 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.

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers’ 7-0 thrashing of the Oakland A’s in what was probably the most well-rounded win for Texas so far this year.

T.R. Sullivan writes that A.J. Griffin showed ‘em how it’s done by pumping in strikes with his high-80s stuff to once again do a fine Colby Lewis impression <—opinion me.

Evan Grant writes that Doug Brocail had one simple request of Griffin, and by proxy the rest of the staff: Throw strikes. Griffin delivered with one of his best efforts.

Sullivan runs down the roster moves which led to Keone Kela making his return yesterday and Sam Dyson landing on the clear-your-head disabled list.

With Dyson down and Kela buried under the trust tree, Grant writes that Matt Bush will get the first crack at closing for Texas.

Matt Fisher runs down how the Rangers ended up in another high leverage quagmire on Sunday which necessitated the now-annual April bullpen shuffle yesterday.

For Kela’s part, as Grant reports, he said all the right things upon his return to the clubhouse and then backed up the words with a sterling inning of relief in his debut.

Sullivan writes that Kela’s back with a new attitude (I hope he’s secretly the same Kela but takes out his frustrations on American League hitters).

Stefan Stevenson notes that the return of Tyson Ross will be delayed yet another week or two as his back is still wrenched. Elsewhere, A.J. Griffin threw six shutout innings so it’s whatever. Take your time, Ty.

Meanwhile, yes, you were correct when assuming Dyson’s beginning to 2017 was the most harmful to a team in recent memory.

Stevenson notes that the Rangers are still slow-playing it with Adrian Beltre’s old man legs which they can do since Joey Gallo has proven to be an able steward thus far.

Sullivan previews tonight’s contest between the Rangers and A’s with Yu Darvish looking to conquer his Coliseum woes.

And, lastly, Ronald Guzman going 3-for-5 with a dong to raise his Triple-A average to .391 is among Mike Rosenbaum’s top minor league performances from Monday.

Have a good day!