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MLB: Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

TR Sullivan reminisces about Johnny Oates, leading off with an anecdote about him crapping f-bombs when asked if Juan Gonzalez was gold bricking during a press conference and meandering through his time as the first manager of a Ranger playoff team.

Seven Ranger players are either on the COVID IL or are not playing due to contact tracing, which has necessitated some roster moves.

Catcher Jonah Heim was one of the players sent to the COVID IL, and pitchers Spencer Howard and Dane Dunning are unavailable due to exposure protocols.

With so many players unavailable, Glenn Otto’s Ranger debut may be coming a lot earlier than anticipated.

Yonny Hernandez may be in the doghouse with Chris Woodward after failing to get a runner home on a bunt Saturday and then doing it again on Monday.

Leody Taveras made a good case for being ready for another crack at the big leagues over the last few months but didn’t do much to capitalize on that opportunity yesterday.

Nathaniel Lowe, however, was on fire yesterday and went 5 for 5 and was a triple short of the cycle.