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Good morning. The Rangers didn’t spend a day above .500 last season. The last time Texas was playing better than even baseball was all the way back in early Sept. of 2017. Even though it featured some questionable pitching and a couple of unlikely finishes, enjoy winning baseball while it lasts!

It could always be worse. Like the last place Red Sox, Indians, and Astros who, along with the Yankees, are a combined 4-10 so far this season. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Now, links:

T.R. Sullivan writes about the Rangers capping off a series win with a wild 11-10 win against the Cubs on Sunday.

Evan Grant notes that the Rangers were able to pull off a couple of come-from-behind wins thanks to big hits from the young hitters they’ll be counting on for the future.

Jeff Wilson’s reactions to the win include some startling notes on the pitching that ultimately didn’t matter because the bats were better than the pitching was bad.

Levi Weaver tells us the odds and ranks the confluence of outlandish things in Sunday’s game that actually happened and led to a Rangers win.

Indeed, Wilson concludes that the details of the Rangers’ win on Sunday were akin to seeing a unicorn.

Sullivan notes that the Rangers don’t intend to have a strict platoon for Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence despite Pence starting against both left-handed starters so far this year.

Grant’s notes include the fact that the Rangers’ pitching staff is an outlier for a rebuilding team as it’s one of the oldest in the league.

Thomas Harrigan of MLB dot com includes Gary Matthews Jr.’s legendary catch among baseball’s greatest dinger-robbing snags of all time.

John Paschal at The Hardball Times takes a look at the recent societal sea change when it comes to purchasing and wearing team apparel.

And, lastly, Roxy the dinosaur from the Perot Museum of Nature and Science had an unfortunate first pitch attempt during Dino Day at The Ballpark yesterday. Still, it was probably a better pitch than anything Jesse Chavez threw all weekend.

Have a nice day!