Stock Report: Rotation up, Roy Oswalt down
Adrian Beltre: Not only does he continue to put up ridiculous offensive numbers and make highlight-reel plays, but he has the persuasive skills of a top-flight trial lawyer. He was able to get manager Ron Washington to put him back in the lineup Thursday despite getting an MRI the night before that showed inflammation in his shoulder. Beltre is a critical component in the middle of the lineup.
Fans: The Rangers drew more than 3 million fans, crossing the barrier Thursday night. They've had 32 sellouts so far this season and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has become a real home-field advantage for the Rangers.
Injury bug: It was a week that involved some injuries. That includes setup man Mike Adams, who felt tightness in a muscle in the back of his shoulder and hasn't thrown the past few days. Mike Olt is dealing with plantar fasciitis and will be out a minimum of 10 to 14 days.
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Play Podcast Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus joins Galloway & Company to discuss having Scott Boras as his agent, his new contract and having Jurickson Profar in the lineup.
Play Podcast Rangers manager Ron Washington joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett for his weekly visit to discuss Yu Darvish's pitch count and how he spends time in the clubhouse during weather delays.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company for his weekly visit to discuss the latest Rangers news.
Play Podcast Reid Ryan joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his new position with the Houston Astros and whether he could see his dad, Nolan, joining him there in the future.
Play Podcast ESPN MLB Insider Jayson Stark joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss if the Rangers are the best team in baseball, what makes them so good and if he thinks the team will trade Jurickson Profar.
Play Podcast Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Ron Washington's decision to send Yu Darvish to the mound for the eighth inning Thursday night and how he would handle a situation like that if he were still a GM.
Play Podcast Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Play Podcast Nelson Cruz joins Galloway & Company to discuss the Rangers' series in Oakland, his ups and downs at the plate and if the PED talks before the season were a distraction.