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MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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The Texas Rangers lost to the Houston Astros last night by a score of 7-2.

Jeff Wilson has his Rangers Reaction from last night’s loss, and buried at the end is the news that Cole Ragans is supposed to make his first rehab start on May 8.

Joey Gallo hit a home run in the ninth inning that was so amazing, Grant Brisbee wrote about it, and he doesn’t cover the Rangers.

Brett Martin made his major league debut yesterday, and credits a talk this winter with a long-time coach of his who passed away soon after their conversation with getting him back on track after a disastrous 2018.

Chris Woodward said Martin, who was called up yesterday, had been throwing the ball really well in Nashville, as well as this spring.

Woodward wants to see how the Rangers handle the Astros, who are arguably the best team in the American League.

Jeff Wilson identifies the five players who are off to the best starts for the Rangers so far this year.

The Rangers website has a story on each A.L. West team’s secret weapon, with “bunting ability” being the weapon identified for the Rangers.

And Levi Weaver looks at the frequency of K (1-3) episodes, where a batter strikes out on a play where the pitcher ends up making the throw to first after the ball hits the ground, rather than the catcher.