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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. Texas was fooled way more often than I would have liked yesterday.

T.R. Sullivan recaps the Rangers’ 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros where Drew Smyly was able to take the mound in the big leagues for the first time since 2016.

Evan Grant writes that Monday’s loss was the very definition of tough-luck for Adrian Sampson who came on and allowed only the eventual game-winning run in six innings of relief.

Jeff Wilson reacts to the loss which saw Texas have their fewest number of baserunners in a game since 2007.

Grant writes that it was an emotional night for Robinson Chirinos who still calls the area home even though he suits up for Houston now.

Wilson writes that Chirinos himself thought he would be back with the Rangers before he was told last winter that Texas was cutting him loose.

Grant writes that there will be a tinge of sadness for Shelby Miller and his family when he takes the mound in tonight’s game at The Ballpark.

Wilson writes about the Rangers finding a home for Connor Sadzeck in a trade with the Seattle Mariners after DFA-ing him on Opening Day.

Jamey Newberg runs down the storylines that could develop this summer in the minor leagues after the Rangers announced the prospect assignments to begin the season.

Wilson writes that Joey Gallo is in a good place mentally right now and the Rangers are hoping that continues to translate into big hits.

Grant notes that manager Chris Woodward appears more willing to extend Jose Leclerc beyond just the one inning that you usually see from a closer.

Sullivan has notes on the Rangers which includes Sampson’s fine performance after rejoining the roster and more on the Sadzeck trade, among other items.

I missed this one for yesterday but Patrick Mooney for The Athletic Chicago wrote an interesting piece on why the Rangers and Cubs seem to trade with each other so often.

And, lastly, Mike Oz notes that MLB FoodFest is coming back for 2019 and the Rangers will represent themselves with that pickle stuffed corn dog that we loved so well.

Have a nice day!