Molina's impact has been immediate

Over at ESPNBoston.com, Gordon Edes examines Bengie Molina's historic night in Boston and the unlikely cycle of "the slowest guy in the world."

Molina came to the Rangers on July 1 in a trade with the Giants. He hit his first home run for Texas in Thursday night’s 7-2 win over the Red Sox but was batting just .185 in his first eight games. One great night’s work lifted that average to .262 for the Rangers, who have now won two straight after losing four in a row and at 52-38 have the second-best record in franchise history after 90 games.

"He's been a great teammate since he got here," said Rangers third baseman Michael Young. "I'm sure for him coming to a new team, he wants to get off to a good start. Hitting for the cycle and the home run was a big grand slam … just had a [heck] of a game."

Edes also writes about the Red Sox' catching situation and how Molina could have been a part of their equation.