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Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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Celebrating Pudge Rodriguez and Adrian Beltre immortality since July 30, 2017

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Good morning.

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers’ solid 5-3 win over the Mariners as Delino DeShields’ big game helped Texas move to within two games of Minnesota for a Wild Card spot.

Jeff Wilson reacts to the win which saw Cole Hamels pitch better than he had recently which was enough for Texas.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers were finally able to use something similar to the bullpen pieces they expected to use in a playoff race as Matt Bush, Jake Diekman, and Alex Claudio threw three hitless, shutout innings in a close victory.

Weaver writes that with Beltre out, Mazara ailing, Gomez down, Rougie hurting, Napoli missing time, and now Gallo dinged up, the Rangers have apparently finally relenting and will call up prized hitter Willie Calhoun to the big leagues.

MILB.com’s Michael Avallone writes that Calhoun was disappointed that he didn’t get the call earlier this month but will get his chance to make his Major League debut anyhow.

Wilson notes that the Rangers haven’t made it official but they didn’t have to because Calhoun’s brother broke the news on Twitter.

Indeed, Evan Grant writes that, despite roster implications, now that the Rangers are sure they’ll find at-bats for Calhoun, he’s up and he’ll play in the outfield.

Wilson wonders what Rougie Odor has left in the tank after playing in every game this season even after leaving Sunday’s game with an injured ankle.

Sullivan writes that someone has to start Friday’s opener against the Angels but the Rangers are still undecided about which of their fifth starter candidates it will be.

GM Jon Daniels was on with Ben and Skin to talk about why he’s still optimistic with three weeks to go despite the flaws of the team this year.

Sullivan previews tonight’s game billed as the Battle of the M. Gonzalez/s with Gonzalez, Miguel pitching for Texas against Gonzales, Marco of Seattle.

And, lastly, former Rangers scout, baseball and Louisiana legend Mel Didier passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Rest in peace, Mel.

Have a nice day!