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MLB: Texas Rangers at Oakland Athletics Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Ariel Jurado has been traded to the NY Mets for cash considerations and a player to be named later after being designated for assignment on Friday.

Ranger fan Dawn Shepard likely wouldn’t be at any Ranger games even if they were allowing fans in the stadium because she’s high risk, but the return of baseball and the Rangers’ commitment to inclusivity during the BLM protests have buoyed her spirts.

Kevin Sherrington says that you might think you have a stomach for a full blown “sell everything valuable” rebuild but he’s here to assure you that you don’t.

The Rangers will have to decide today whether Jeff Mathis or Jose Trevino will be the backup catcher for the remainder of the season.

Mike Minor hasn’t looked great to start the 2020 season and his fastball is down 2.5 mph.

He says that with his velocity down he’s aiming to pitch smarter.

The Ranger bullpen is the difference between 3-7 and 6-4, so I guess it’s not all on the terrible offense.

Kyle Gibson turned in a serviceable outing yesterday but the bullpen doesn’t want Kyle Gibson to be happy.

The fact that the only four teams that have scored fewer runs than the Rangers have cancelled games due to COVID-19 may have the team looking for extra offense on the alternate squad.

T.R. Sullivan’s injury report tells us that Rougned Odor may be spending time on the IL, while Rafael Montero is close to being activated.

With both Montero and Joely Rodriguez returning to action at least there’s some hope that the late innings won’t continue to burn like a dumpster fire.