I sat here for about 10 minutes trying to think of a morning song I haven't rolled through already, and perhaps I have already burned through this one, but, well, here you go anyway:
● T.R. Sullivan writes about Mitch Moreland's mammoth 463-foot blast yesterday, and how the Rangers' offense is clicking on all cylinders and producing a ton of quality at-bats right now. So does Jeff Wilson. Richard Durrett talks about Ryan Dempster pitching well with a ton of run support yesterday.
● T.R. Sullivan's notes include some talk about the club's utility infielder situation, Mitch Moreland playing against a lefty yesterday (a decision which seems mostly borne from his hot hitting of late, although Mike Olt is also dealing with some plantar fascitis), and Koji Uehara's imminent return from the disabled list, which should send one of Tanner Scheppers or Michael Kirkman back down to Round Rock for the time being. I would suspect that Scheppers will end up being sent down, in part because Kirkman has a much better chance of breaking through into the post-season bullpen by virtue of being a lefty ... assuming he is under serious consideration for such a role, the Rangers are going to want to keep throwing him out there to evaluate what they've got in him, and whether they need to go out and overpay for a lefty reliever in the next 5-6 days.
● T.R. Sullivan -- are you noticing a trend here? Yeah, it's Sunday, we're all lazy -- says that the Rangers have placed waiver claims on "a number of players," including Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, but their dead-lastwaiver priority will prevent them from placing the prevailing claim, as every National League club and every American League club is ahead of them at this point. I guess you could call that a #firstplaceteamproblem. There's also a mention of the Rangers pursuing all possible avenues to improve their team, which, at this point, probably boils down to grabbing a veteran utility guy and/or a veteran lefty reliever, if either of those two assets is available at a reasonable price.
● Ken Rosenthal apparently said yesterday that it's "likely" the Rangers will pursue a Justin Upton trade this winter.
● Yu Darvish (tight right quad) experienced no problems during his 30-pitch bullpen session and round of PFP on Saturday, and is on track to make his Tuesday start. Mike Napoli (strained left quad) could go out on a rehab assignment later this week.
● Jeff Wilson says that the Rangers have loved this summer relative to last summer in terms of temperature, with Elvis Andrus affirming that viewpoint:
"Oh, my God. Amazing," Andrus said. "I wish it could stay like this. The last two years nearly killed us."