The Rangers continue to stay hot, with a 7-2 drubbing of the Chicago White Sox last night. Ozzie Guillen left the dugout in obvious anger (apparently his sun flower seeds don't keep him too calm) after the Rangers had their way in the first game of this three game series.
As always, the offense delivered, thanks to big games from Michael Young and Josh Hamilton (surprised?). The pitching, too, was efficient. Luis Mendoza went 6 innings with 8 strikeouts and only allowing one run and three hits. What a turn around from his last start, in which he pitched 1 and a third innings and gave up 8 runs. Such inconsistency from the pitching staff continues to be the achillie's heel of the squad.
--Ian Kinsler continues his hitting streak, stretching to 23 games.
--Brandon Boggs and Marlon Byrd both had outstanding defensive plays, further proving the depth of the outfield.
--The Athletics dominated the Angels tonight, allowing the Rangers to move within 6.5 games of the Los Angeles Angels Of Anahiem of California and the United States.
--Looks like Chris Davis will be demoted upon the return of Hank Blalock. That's a shame, because the Longview product has been playing well. Then again, it's Hank Blalock.
--The Rangers haven't lost a series since the Houston Astros on June 24-27. That makes 4 (going on 5) series won or tied. This ties the total amount from last season.
--FC Dallas has dropped to 6th in the Western Conference, and lost 3-1 in the US Open Cup to the USL side Charleston Battery. Must have been energizer batteries.
--Striker Kenny Cooper was named a starter in the All-Star game. Rumors are being spread, however, that he may be on his way to greener pastures. This would leave the front line very thin.
--The 'Boys start training camp July 25 in good ole Oxnard, California. Jerry Jones will be a couple of days late due to complications from his latest face lift.
--The Forth Worth Star-Telegram reported that the Cowboys are shopping for a new backup QB. That's fine news--considering Brad Johnson in almost 40--until you find out that the name being tossed around is Chris "I'm only in the NFL because my dad is Phil" Simms. I'd rather have Major Applewhite.
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