I'm sorry, but when you're beaten nearly single-handedly by a backup catcher who boasts a lifetime .209/.305/.355 batting line, you don't deserve to be talked about. What a disappointing start to the nine game homestand.
The DMN's Tim Cowlishaw held a chat session on Wednesday, although about 90% of the questions Cowlishaw answered were about the Mavericks and (of course) the Cowboys. Mainly, though, Tim believes Texas should sign Torii Hunter over a "strikeout artist" like Adam Dunn, and thinks that the Rangers should have held onto Gagne and signed him to an extension this off-season.
While the latter could still come true, I'm not at all enamored with the idea of the Rangers bringing Gagne back with a long-term commitment - way, way too much risk, and not a real great use of the limited payroll resources available.
As far as the former is concerned, I'm just not understanding the fascination in the local media with Torii Hunter - nor the immediate disregard of Adam Dunn solely because of his high strikeout totals. Dunn's four years younger than Hunter, and is toeing the line between being a good and elite offensive left fielder, batting .262/.362/.552 this year. Hunter may be having a very good season, but to expect him to continue to produce at this level through his age 33-37 seasons is a major stretch.
The rest of my post was just wiped out by some bad handling of the keyboard on my part, so as I attempt to control my rage at my stupidity, here's a quick summary of what I had written: Jerry Hairston's headed to the DL with a bad back, Evan Grant has a rundown of Baseball America's latest rankings on the Rangers' prospects, and BA's Jim Callis has a summary of where the Rangers' farm system now stands after the trade deadline.
Sigh. You know it's a bad night when you've lost an hour of writing and your baseball team loses in such miserable fashion.