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The dawn of the Andy Ibanez era

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Good morning.

Evan Grant writes about Elvis Andrus returning to Arlington last night for the first time since being traded to the Oakland Athletics.

Kennedi Landry writes that the Texas Rangers welcomed Elvis and the A’s with a five-run first inning on their way to an 8-3 victory.

Jeff Wilson writes that the play of Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop has made the decision to move on from Elvis the right one for the Rangers.

Landry writes that Elvis’ return gave him time to reflect on the place where his big league dreams came true.

Grant writes about Kyle Gibson surviving pretty well despite being the first Rangers’ hurler to get the TSA treatment in MLB’s substance crackdown.

Wilson notes that manager Chris Woodward was frank regarding the staff’s use of sticky stuff but feels the team is positioned to do without it.

Grant writes that Andy Ibanez was recalled yesterday in a desperate bid to provide a spark to the lineup and he immediately delivered with his first career dinger.

Wilson writes that Ibanez could be the first of a wave of call-ups as the Rangers begin to weed out underperformers.

Levi Weaver writes that, just as the rebuild itself is in a nebulous state, the evolution of the rotation continues.

Jim Bowden provides a trade deadline big board with the Rangers having a top OF, SP, and closer up for offer.

David Schoenfield writes that Joey Gallo is the player that the Rangers should trade before the deadline.

Jamey Newberg writes that Cole Winn has earned the accolades of being the team’s top pitching prospect ahead of a summer where he would have been draft eligible had he opted for college.

And, Grant’s Draft Watch for this week focuses on the Vandy pitches and an NC State catcher who could pique interest at the College World Series.

Have a nice day!