Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rangers Win Pitching Duel 1-0 Versus Rays

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Obviously the offense didn't have what we have come to expect from the Rangers in August, that being a great offensive output tonight.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Yuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!  7 IP, scattered 6 hits, only 2 BB's and  10 K's.  Not too shabby.  And Kins had a solo shot to account for the only run of the ballgame.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: OK, the Rangers have the best record in the AL but, the pesky A's are hanging tough and are still only 5.5 GB.  The Rangers have 4 more games at home against the A's the last full week of the season and 3 more after that against them at Oakland, by the way.  So, those might be mighty important ballgames if this holds up.


Monday, August 27, 2012

Rangers Beat Cy Young Favorite David Price, Rays 6-5

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Doogie Holland looked shaky early.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: After a talking to by pitching coach Mike Maddux, Holland settled down.  Oh yeah, Beltre was a triple away from hitting for the cycle.  Again.  In less than a week.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: The ballgame was on ESPN and all the ESPN announcers could talk about was how great Maddon and Price are.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Beltre Hits for the Cycle, Rangers Win 8-0

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Rangers had an error in the game, albeit by Harrison.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Harrison had a no hitter going into the 7th and left the game only giving up 2 hits.  Awesome.

Beltre, who's been on a tear of late, hit for the cycle.  Again, awesome.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Hello best record in the AL.

And the Red Sox apparently officially threw in the towel and traded away Gonzalez, Beckett and Crawford to the Dodgers.  I wonder if this means Bobby Valentine will get another year with a new group of players or if they'll give him a pink slip at the end of the year.  Ready to have Bobby V as a TV talking head again?


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Offense Continues to Roll, Rangers Win 10-6

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: The Rangers, with Oswalt starting in place of an ailing Yu, again gave up a first inning run.  Again.

And Oz apparently doesn't know how to execute a run down between 3rd and home. When the ball was hit right back at the mound and the runner, going on contact, was caught in no man's land Oz had the ball and just stood there near the mound and threw to 3B.  Don't just stand there, run at the base runner.  And Beltre was somehow given an error on the play when he threw around the base runner to home even though Soto caught the ball but dropped it trying to apply the tag.

Scheppers looked good at first, getting 2 quick outs, then shaky, loading the bases in the top of the 9th.  Then, Elvis had a throwing error that scored 2 that made it 10-6.

This game was closer than the final score indicates.  A huge offensive explosion in the bottom of the 8th (Rangers scored 6 runs) broke a 4-4 tie and put it out of reach.  Gotta wonder how different the game would have been if the Twins' starter isn't thrown out in the early innings.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: But the early run wasn't a crooked number so I guess that's something.  Beltre went yard again.  Josh had a double that scored 2 early and had 5 total RBI's in the game.

Oh yeah, Nathan came in to clean up the mess and got his 23rd consecutive save and Wash notched is 500th win as Rangers' manager.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: After Oz plunked Mauer, the Twin's pitcher threw a ball at Josh's head (it missed him).  The ump threw out the pitcher and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.  I don't know if both dugouts had been warned prior to the the brush back pitch to Josh.  If so, then retaliate at your own risk.

Oh yeah, the vaunted Halos were 8.5 GB  and had lost 13 of the 20 games they've played in August going into tonight.  Where's John Kruk gushing about how the Angels are the team to beat in the West now?


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Sorry Tommy Hunter, Rangers Pound O's 12-3

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: I got nothing.  Yes, Holland gave up 3 ER's but, that's not too bad against a team fighting for a wild card spot.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Beltre (with three homers, and his head touched in the dugout more than a few times, much to his supposed chagrin)! And the rest of the offense including a grand salami by Mitch Moreland.  And to point it out AGAIN, Murph had another multi-hit game.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: No one's talking about the Rangers winning the World Series.  All the talk is about Yankees.  Good.

There was a balk called in the top of 8th against Lowe.  While on the rubber Lowe started to bring his throwing hand back towards his glove to get set in the stretch and then stopped it.  Balk.  Very minor, but yeah, it was a balk.  Don't hear about balks called very often anymore, only reason I mention it.

Rangers win another series.  How far back are the vaunted Halos?  But, watch out for the scrappy A's.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rangers Lose 5-3 to O's

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Scooter Feldman gave up an early run (first inning) and a big crooked number (4 runs in the 4th inning).

And the Rangers didn't have a runner in scoring position till the 6th (Kins had a solo homer before that with no one on).  And Josh went 0-fer with 3 SO's including a strikeout to end the inning in the 7th with 2 runners on.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: But as mentioned, Kins did go yard to tie the game at the time in the 3rd.  Hopefully he's starting to work his way out of his offensive funk.  Soto went yard with Murph on base to make it 5-3 O's is the bottom of the 7th.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: The other night the local broadcast guys referred to the O's as the east coast Rangers.  That's kind of true.  In the field they have Chris "Crash" Davis and catcher Teagarden (Omar Quintanilla also played for the Rangers less than 15 games).  They also have Hunter, O'Day and Strope on their pitching staff.  And Showalter (Dr. Gaius, see below) as their manager.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Thank You Ryan Dempster, Rangers Beat Orioles 5-1

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dempster again gave up a first inning run.

The Rangers had 9 LOB, 4 of those LOB when the Rangers were down 1 run in the early innings.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: After giving up the early run and 2 hits in the first inning Dempster only gave up 2 more hits the rest of the way and retired the last 11 Orange birds he faced with 8 strong IP.  And Nathan capped it off by striking out the side, all swinging, to finish the game in a non-save situation.

In the 4th Soto had the RBI, scoring Nellie (did anyone notice that it looked like Nellie was cringing after sliding into home on that play?), to put the Rangers up to 2-1 at that point and up for good as it would turn out.  David "Charlie" Murphy again had a multi-hit, multi-RBI game.

Elvis had a great defensive play, going towards 3B he back handed a grounder and made a jump-throw from at least 2 feet deep in the left field grass to get the batter out at first.  How has he not won a gold glove yet?

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Nathan set a franchise record by recording his 22nd consecutive save this past Saturday.  Now if the Rangers make the postseason let's see how he does converting saves then.  And let's see if this is the Ryan Dempster we'll see down the stretch.

As I've had mentioned to me by a good friend, doesn't ex-Ranger manager and current Orioles skipper Buck Showalter kinda look like Dr. Zaius from the original Planet of the Apes movie?  Kinda?  Compare for yourself below:


Rangers Win 2 Out of 3 Versus Blue Jays in Weekend Series

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: In the loss in the first game of the series Yu walked 10 in 7 IP.

And the Rangers mighty, potent offense (written sarcastically) managed a whopping 4 runs in the first 2 games of the series.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: But, the Rangers won game 2 of the series because they were bailed out by a great group effort by the pitching staff (6 pitchers saw action), including 4.1 IP by Oswalt in which he  gave up only 1 ER.

In the last game of the series the offense woke up scoring 11 runs with Young going for 5 RBI's in the game.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Dempster didn't make to the trip to his native land of Canada because of "personal reasons."  Some speculated that it was passport (lost?) issues.  Weird.

The Rangers look like, in some games, they cannot put runs across the plate and in others they drop double digit runs their opponents.  How about this?  How about some offensive consistency?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rangers Avoid Sweep in Bronx, Win 10-6

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:  That's what happens when you put a 3B/1B in right field (Olt).  You get an error.

The pitching staff is continuing to give up crooked numbers/big innings, like today with a 5 run 6th inning.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: However, through 5 IP Doogie Holland had a 1 hitter going and the Rangers offense had staked him to a 4-0 lead.

6 Rangers had multiple hits with David "Charlie" Murphy leading the way with 3.  Beltre and Gentry both had 3 RBI's.  The offense finally woke up after managing just 6 hits in the last 2 games and 2 runs in the last 3 versus the Spankees.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Even after losing 3 straight before today's win and even if both the Halos and the A's win tonight the Rangers will still lead the division by 6 games.  That would still be at least the 2nd biggest division lead in all of baseball at the end of the day.

I came up with the nickname David "Charlie" Murphy as an homage to Charlie Murphy, Eddie Murphy's younger brother who is also a comedian and pretty darn funny in his own right (see his appearances on the Dave Chappelle Show).  Charlie Murphy doesn't seem to get the due and respect that he's earned/owed.  Sound familiar?  Of course, they share the same last name so it works on that level too.

David Murphy has been playing great baseball this year and has played well for the Rangers going back a few seasons but, he's still not quite an everyday player.  And to be clear Murph wasn't considered an everyday guy when he first started out with the big club.  Sure, he's gets a boatload more starts in the field nowadays so he's not quite as unappreciated as he has been in years past...

But you know who hasn't been an everyday player this year but maybe deserves to get more starts in the field down the stretch and next year?  Craig Gentry.  Craig "Charlie" Gentry?


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rangers Lose, Again, 3-2

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: 4 hits by Rangers.  Again, not good.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Josh went yard twice, albeit on solo efforts.  Wasted good effort by Scooter Feldman.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Welcome to playoff style baseball Texas.  Looks like it might be a problem.

Soto is our catcher with Napoli on the DL, forgot to mention that.

Is it just me or does Soto have a double hitch when he throws it back to the mound?


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rangers Lose to Spankees Again, 3-0

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud:  I know hindsight is 20/20 but, Harrison was in a pitching duel with Kuroda.  Harry was at 106 pitches, had only given up 5 hits through 6.1 IP, he still looked like he had good stuff and still had a shutout going.  And the Spankees had 2 switch hitters due up in Texiera and Swisher so there was no match up (lefty vs. lefty for example) that you were going for. But, Wash pulled Harry and Ogando gave up 2 homers for 3 runs.  Ballgame.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Harry looked good (and in my opinion at the time should have been left in to finish his pitching duel with Kuroda).

Tanner Scheppers looked great in relief even with the ump not giving him pitches that were well within the strike zone.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: To go on even more, with the way the game was going for the Rangers at the plate why doesn't Wash leave Harrison in so long as he keeps his own shutout going?

But, bottom line is that the Rangers aren't going to win too many ballgames when they can only manage 2 hits (the first one in the 7th inning).


Rangers Lose to Spankees 8-2

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dempster giving up 5 runs in the 3rd inning was not good.

Kins got picked off at 2nd and Elvis got picked off at 3rd in the game.  Those are essentially free outs they're giving the other team and at the same time they're taking themselves out of scoring position.

Rangers sure seem to get picked off a lot more often than Rangers pick off opposing base runners.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Murph, Hamilton and Nellie continue to produce at the plate.

And it was one bad inning by Dempster in the 3rd, he looked great (perfect) before the 3rd inning and after the 3rd he was good to OK with 6 IP.  Hopefully the 3rd is just an bump in the road.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I had sure hoped that the last start from Dempster before this one would be indicative of what we could expect from him going forward.  Again, I hope the 3rd inning was just an anomaly for Dempster.

It's a long, 4 game series.  Let's hope Harry can step up tomorrow and have a strong outing.


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Rangers Win 8-3; Win Series Versus Detroit

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Yu continues to walk too many batters to make everyone comfortable, walking 5 in 6.2 IP.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: The offense was great, again.  And Josh Hamilton went yard and had another multi-hit, multi-RBI game.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: A's and Angels lost today, increasing the Rangers lead to 6.5 and 8 over them respectively in the division.  According to all the TV talking heads after the Greinke trade the Halos were supposed to start gaining on and eventually overtake the Rangers.  So far, not so much.


Rangers/Holland Win 2-1 In Pitching Duel Versus Detroit/Verlander

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Shaky first inning by Doogie Holland, gave up a solo shot in the first inning.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: But, that homer and 2 other hits and 1 BB was all that Holland gave up in 7.2 IP.  Josh continues to hit in August.  Nellie and Olt had the 2 RBI's.  And Olt had the pinch hit game winning hit.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Oh please let Holland pitch like this down the stretch.

Rangers are up 5.5 and 7 games against the A's and Halos respectively going into today's day game.

Yu is up today, he and Wash had a talk after his last in a string of tough starts.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Rangers Lose to Detroit 6-2

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Scooter Feldman was harmed by the long ball (Prince Fielder's 3 run homer in the 6th).  Lowe didn't look too good in his first appearance since he went on the DL.

Nellie sometimes looks bad in right field, like tonight where he made an awkward dive for a hit that went into the right field corner that resulted in an in the park home run.  Nellie left the game with some back issues.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Josh went yard.  In fact the top of the order looked good as did Young.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes:  Maybe the team to watch out for in the division is the A's.  As of this post the Seamen of Seattle were beating the Halos.  A's lost tonight

Let's have an honest look at how Napoli has been doing at the plate.  This year.  I know it's easy to remember how great he did the last half of last year and in the playoffs.  But that was last year.  What have you done for us lately?  Napoli and his agent probably wish now that they could have worked out a multi-year deal during the offseason with the Rangers.  Right now he's pretty much not batting any better than Soto(or Yorvit before that).  Keep that in mind if you start to see Soto get more chances behind the plate.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pitching Struggles Continue, But Rangers Win 10-9 Over Red Sox

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Matt Harrison and Roy Oswalt both gave up 4 ER's each.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Harry is reported to have had flu-like symptoms before game time but pitched anyway and took an IV after the game.  Oswalt looked good for a while but, went back out for the 7th where he gave up the 4 runs.

Josh, Nellie, Soto and Moreland all went yard.  And Josh was 3-5.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: The Rangers seem to like August a lot better than July.

I just heard TV talking head and ex-MLBer John Kruk gush about how great the Halos are and how this race in the West will be close between the Rangers, Halos and A's down the stretch.  Well, I don't know if Kruk can count but, the Rangers are 6 games up on the A's (that's right the Angels are 3rd, 6.5 GB) with less than 2 months of baseball left.  And the Rangers played about as bad as they can in July and maintained their lead in the West.  No respect, no respect.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thank You Ryan Dempster, Rangers Win 6-3

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Errors hurt.  Most MLB teams will make you pay if you give them an extra out and that's exactly what happened when Kins committed an error in the 7th.  All 3 Boston runs were scored after the error and were unearned on a HR where it sure looked like a fan reached down and caught it, otherwise it would have hit the Green Monster.  Umps let the 3 run homer stand.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: David "Charlie" Murphy continues to produce at the plate.  Josh, Nellie and Kins had 2 hits each.  Even Soto got a hit.  And the Rangers scored 6 runs without the benefit of the long ball.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: What did I say about Dempster?  Or what did I say about Dempster here?  He stepped up and showed what he can do against one of the best offenses this year.  6.2 IP, 6 K's and 1 BB.  If Dempster can continue to step up and fill the "ace" role then hopefully that'll settle down the rest of the rotation.  Then Yu, Harry, Holland and Feldman can hopefully just go out and pitch and not over-think it.

And by the way, this year in past games Kins has been thrown out of ballgames for seemingly doing/saying little to nothing but, Pedroia can whine and moan and yell at the 1B ump for minutes, yell at him from the dugout after he eventually leaves the field and then finally half an inning later Pedroia finally got run by the 1B ump.  What gives?  Double standard much?

The win tonight is also big because the A's and Halos are in the middle of a 3 game series against each other.  A Rangers' loss would have meant that one of them would have gained a game.


Monday, August 6, 2012

That Was Not Good, Boston Beat Texas 9-2

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: It was 2-1 Boston in the top of the 4th and Nellie had a lead off double.  Then, Nellie proceeds to get picked off at second after taking a ridiculously big lead off.  It was uphill sledding offensively from that point forward.

Yu got beat up for 6 ER's and 4 BB's in 6.2 IP.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Beltre had a homer in the top of the 9th.  Nellie did have 3 hits.  And Josh had a hit.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: I blame this on Oz-gate (Oswalt refusing to go out for a 3rd inning in the last game vs. KC) and/or a hangover from the tough loss in the finale versus KC.  The team looked unsettled.  Including Yu.

Next up Dempster.  Let's see if he looks like an ace tomorrow night.  If they have needed a strong start from an ace pitcher this season I'd say tomorrow is it.


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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Rangers Lose Finale Versus KC; Multiple Blown Chances

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Looking at the box score Elvis had an OK to good game.  But, in the top of the 7th Olt was on third and Elvis was on second with no outs and Young at the plate.  Young singled and of course Olt scored.  Elvis ran through third base coach Dave Anderson's stop sign and was thrown out at home by a country mile.  Again that was the first out of the inning.  Few batters later Nellie had a deep flyout for the last out of the inning that would have scored Elvis easily had he been on third where he was supposed to be.

Then in the top the 9th with Olt on 3rd and no outs Elvis couldn't get the bat on the ball for a bunt suicide squeeze and Olt is out.  The pitch was low, away and in the dirt so it was hard to get the bat on the ball.

Elvis leaves the game and and in the 10th Alberto Gonzalez comes in and commits an error.  Next batter, Olt commits a throwing error, winning run scores.

Oh yeah, Holland didn't look good either.

 Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Beltre broke out of his hitting slump with RISP.  Josh hit and scored and Olt is continuing to impress at the plate.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: This one got away.  Period.  Way too many chances that the Rangers let slip away.


Rangers Over KC 4-2; Go for Sweep Tomorrow in Early Game

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Offense was a little more quiet than in recent games managing only 4 runs, otherwise not much to gripe about.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: Olt and Josh had the RBI's in the ballgame.  Good to see both those guys with RBI's.  Scooter Feldman is starting to look like the pitcher he was a few years ago with another strong outing.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: A lot of TV talking head "experts" keep saying that the Halos are the best team in the division if not in the AL, well going into tomorrow not only are the Halos (6 GB) not first in the West but, they're 3rd behind the A's (5.5 GB).  Weird how the talking heads forget to mention that when they're gushing about the Angels...


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Yours Truly Talks Rangers Baseball on the Radio

The great great guys from the radio show Three Point Stance had me on their radio show last night during the Rangers/KC ballgame to talk all things Texas Rangers.  Thanks to hosts E.J., Scottie and Robbie for having me on.

Though the show emanates from Long Island, NY you of course can find their show online every Friday night at 8:00pm central time at: http://www.wlie540am.com/

They're on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ThreePointStance

And check out their twitter feed: http://twitter.com/3ptstanceradio


Friday, August 3, 2012

NOT a Pitching Duel, Rangers Win 15-9, Split Series With Halos

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Dempster probably was hoping for a better first outing with his new club, giving up 8 ER's in 4.2 IP.

It was at least 105 degrees at first pitch.  And it was windy, the wind felt like a huge blow dryer was hitting your entire body.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: The bats continue to produce on this second day of August and the Rangers beat up on C.J. Wilson in the process.  Lots of offense but of note are the new additions, Soto and Olt, both of them contributed to the offensive explosion.  David "Charlie" Murphy continues his hot streak going 2-2 off the bench.  Nellie and Kins both went yard for the second straight night.  And...Josh Hamilton had 4 RBI's in the ballgame.  

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Look, if the Rangers put up 7+ runs each game they should be hard to beat.  If Josh is getting right again the timing couldn't be more perfect especially if Napoli, Nellie, Murph and Kins continue to do what they've done recently at the plate.  Let's hope, wait and see.

C.J. Wilson, former Ranger and current Angel, is, to put it nicely, an interesting character off the field, here's some local media types having a little fun at CJ's expense using his own quotes:


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rangers Rally to Win in 10 Over Halos

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: The Halos' first 6 runs of the game were on 2 hits in the top of the 3rd .  A combination of Yu walking batters and a throwing error to first when Kinsler was trying to turn 2 contributed to that.

Pujols homered twice.  Again.

In the top of the 10th Nathan gave up 2 homers which scored 3 runs to put the Halos back up by 3 in the ballgame after the Rangers tied it in the bottom of the 9th.

In the bottom of the 9th the Rangers had the winning run on second with 1 out (an Elvis double) but, the Rangers couldn't bring the run around to score and win the game then.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: After being down 6-0 going into the bottom of the 3rd the Rangers rallied pulling to within 1 run, down 7-6 going into the bottom 9th.

Kins tried to make up for the early error by homering in the bottom of the 9th to tie up the ballgame.

Down 3 in the bottom of the 10th, first, Nellie homered to start yet another rally (by the way earlier in the top of the 9th Nellie gunned down a runner at home, which proved to be important).  Then Moreland singled in a run.

And last, Elvis had the game winning walk-off hit to score 2.  Rangers win the ballgame in the bottom 10th.  Wow.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: You cannot give teams extra outs which is exactly what the Rangers did early on in this game.

The Rangers have scored the second most runs all year, second only to the Red Sox.  But, the Rangers were dead last in runs in the month of July.  Just shows how hot the Rangers were earlier in the year offensively and how far the Rangers' bats fell off in July.  Well it's August now, hopefully this win on August 1st will prove to be representative of the rest of August and the season when it comes to the Rangers' bats.

Murphy scored three times and had a RBI to continue his hot streak.  Napoli also continues to stay hot with 2 RBI's and a run scored.  Elvis, Moreland, Kins, Beltre, Cruz, Napoli, Murph, Young and Gentry all either had at least one RBI or one run scored in the win.

Oh yeah, welcome to Texas Dempster, how'd you like your first game with the club?

How cool is it that the Rangers do the fireworks and play the theme from "The Natural" every time a Ranger goes yard?  You cannot really appreciate how awesome it is unless you're at the ballpark when a Ranger goes yard.  Anyways, I think it's pretty darn cool.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dempster Is a Ranger; Rangers Lose Second in a Row to Halos

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Yup, Rangers lost another game to the Halos managing just 2 runs against the Halos 6 runs.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: They lost to Weaver who arguably is the best pitcher in the AL right now so what did you expect.

Dempster is a Ranger!  And Dempster will hopefully cure what ails the Rangers, at least when in comes to having some type of veteran anchor in the rotation with Colby Lewis out for the year.

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Pitcher Martin Perez was sent down from the big club to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Dempster.  Perez's ERA was a tad north of 4, not too bad for a newbie.  The only problem with Dempster being added is that it doesn't address the offensive problems the Rangers have been having.


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