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Monday 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. Rangers starters threw 29 innings and allowed four runs over the weekend. Rangers relievers threw 11 innings and allowed one run over the weekend.

As Levi Weaver writes, Yu Darvish allowed 40% of the runs Texas allowed over the weekend in the third inning yesterday but that was just a footnote along the way to an otherwise dominating start.

Stefan Stevenson writes about Darvish and the Rangers finishing off a four-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals yesterday.

The DMN’s Brandon George writes about Darvish pitching through the eighth inning like he had something to prove after throwing only 82 pitches in Oakland.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Darvish looked his strongest since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Stevenson reacts to the sweep now that all is well in Rangerland with Texas coming home after a disappointing road trip to put together a winning streak.

George has a couple of observations on the win including Joey Gallo showing off with the bat and the glove yesterday.

Sullivan writes about Jeff Banister electing to use Elvis Andrus as his cleanup hitter yesterday to show he’s got no problem switching up the lineup.

George writes that the Rangers have options for Friday night’s starter with Nick Martinez coming off a solid effort and A.J. Griffin improving.

Among MLB.com’s David Adler’s top minor league performers is a note about Connor Sadzeck tossing seven no-hit innings and striking out ten yesterday for Frisco.

Ahead of tonight’s series opener against Minnesota, Stevenson reminds of the confusing times when the 95-win Rangers struggled all year against the 96-loss Twins.

MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger previews tonight’s contest between the Rangers and Twins with Martin Perez looking to keep the great starting pitching going for Texas.

And, lastly, old friend Adam Rosales broke his home run trot speed record. (It’s okay because he did it against the Mariners.)

Have a nice day!