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.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.