The Angels were 29-29 on June 11.


Since then, they’ve gone 3-6 against Texas.


And 33-9 against everyone else. 


was 32-22 on June 4, after which they went on a 30-20 run (.600) before its current
six-game skid. 


In that 30-20 stretch, the Red Sox went 1-5 against Texas.


And 29-15 against everyone else.


Say what you will about the Rangers’ staying power in this
thing, but you can’t say they’ve backed into the position they’re in. 


Day off today, then three in Cleveland,
followed by a seven-game homestand that starts with three against Boston – the team that the
Rangers are now locked with atop the American League Wild Card standings. 


That’s Texas, which has allowed the fewest runs in the American
League this year
, against Boston,
which is second.


And it pits one of the league’s least effective offenses against
one that just went 31 innings without scoring before pushing two across in the
eighth inning last night.  The Red Sox
have had the better offense this year, but at the moment, the Rangers are
showing signs of finding themselves a bit at the plate, while it’s Boston that’s in a
run-scoring tailspin. 


The Sox have four at home against Central-leading Detroit to try and get well offensively before coming to Arlington.


And not that I’m looking ahead, but after a Kevin Millwood-Jon
Lester matchup on Friday night, Derek Holland faces Brad Penny on Saturday
(before Dustin Nippert and presumably Junichi Tazawa on Sunday afternoon,
though I admit I haven’t kept close tabs on when Tim Wakefield is supposed to return
to action). 


A few quick things:


ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests the Rangers are among the teams
possibly interested in John Smoltz, and Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times reports that Vicente Padilla
might be on the Dodgers’ radar.


Eleanor Czajka has posted a batch of Newberg Report Night photographs
taken by Jeff Loy at this
.  If you have some photos from
the event and want to share them, send me an email.


Anyone have an authentic old school light-blue Rangers road
jersey (Sundberg, Harrah, Umbarger vintage) you’d be willing to lend or sell?


Enjoy the baseball day off.





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