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The Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle have teamed up this week to share items about the growing baseball rivalry between the Texas Rangers jersey cheap and Houston Astros jersey cheap. Please check back each day for new items from both newspapers about the two AL West favorites.

1. Pocket acesOver the final two months, the teams meet nine times. Expect six of those games to be started by Cole Hamels jersey cheap and a getting stronger Yu Darvish jersey cheap. And it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that, by August 1, the Rangers could have a third top tier starter (yes, it’s my Sonny Gray jersey cheap man crush showing again). The Rangers could could run No. 1 quality starters out there in all nine meetings. Houston’s Cy Young jersey cheap winning Dallas Keuchel jersey cheap can only pitch so often and is likely to be closing 650 innings over the last three years. That is a lot of wear and tear for a guy this early in his career.

2. The bullpenYes, the Rangers bullpen has gotten off to an unexpectedly rough start with a 5.22 ERA (24th in the majors), but so has the Astros (No. 26 at 6.16). The bottom line is the Rangers’ bullpen is deeper and, thus, should be fresher. With Matt Bush lurking, a healthy Luke Jackson jersey cheap and a recovered Tanner Scheppers jersey cheap the club should have strong reinforcements for a strong group. This should be one of the best bullpens in the AL. By September, there is every reason to believe the rough start will be a distant memory.

3. Strong finishersThe Rangers have three of the majors’ best offensive finishers over the last five years. Three of MLB’s top September October OPS’ since 2011 belong to Rangers: No. 3 Shin Soo Choo (.969); No. 5 Adrian Beltre jersey cheap (.958) and No. 7 Prince Fielder jersey cheap (.956). Choo should be fresher after missing a month early in the season; Beltre driven by the pursuit of that Cheap Jerseys from China
elusive ring and Fielder should be readjusted to the major league grind after struggling last September when he was coming back from missing a year.

4. The scheduleThe Rangers finish with 12 of their final 15 in Arlington, which should create a home field advantage in a tight race. The opponents are Oakland, the Angels, Milwaukee and Tampa Bay, four of which should be doing nothing but playing for the future. Houston: Nine on the road (including the last series of the season) vs. seven at home. Oh, and the Rangers play six vs. Oakland in the final 15; Houston plays seven against the Angels, who still could have a glimmer of hope.

5. The managerAt some point, Jeff Banister will find a reason to rush the field, bulge his neck veins and find reason to look like John Wayne cornering a bad guy in Rio Bravo. If the Rangers need a galvanizing moment, this will do the trick. It did last year.

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Rangers insider Evan Grant takes a look at five Rangers related stories to monitor during MLB’s Winter Meetings, which begin Monday at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The meetings conclude Thursday morning with the Rule 5 draft:

Pittsburgh talks: If there is a Most Desired Ranger on the market, it is first baseman Mitch Moreland jersey cheap, with Pittsburgh as the most aggressive suitor. The Pirates nontendered Pedro jersey cheap Alvarez jersey cheap last week, leaving an opening for a left handed hitting first baseman. Trading Moreland to Pittsburgh would create financial resources to re sign Mike Napoli jersey cheap, which would then also better balance the lineup. The question is whether there is a realistic trade fit with the Pirates, or if the clubs might have to involve a third team in talks.

Milwaukee talks: The Rangers tried to engage Milwaukee in conversation about catcher Jonathan Lucroy jersey cheap last July, but then GM Doug Melvin wasn’t inclined to move him. Now, with new GM David Stearns in full scale rebuilding mode, the Brewers may be more willing to talk. The issue: Since this would be Stearns’ first big deal, he’s also likely to seek to “win” the trade, and the Rangers aren’t in a position to overpay.

Catching depth: In the likely event there isn’t a match with Milwaukee on Lucroy, the Rangers still need a capable catching option because otherwise, the club would be relying Wholesale Jerseys
on both Robinson Chirinos jersey cheap and Chris Gimenez jersey cheap to surpass their previous highs for playing time in 2016. The thin free agent market has already been thinned out further with a flurry of signings. Division rival Seattle, with whom the Rangers have already made one trade this winter, suddenly finds itself with extra catching. Mike Zunino jersey cheap might be worth a discussion or three.

Outfield depth: At this point, Ryan Rua jersey cheap, with 195 career major league plate appearances, and Patrick Kivlehan jersey cheap, with none, are the right handed hitting outfield depth for Josh Hamilton jersey cheap. The Rangers need more experience there. Rajai Davis jersey cheap has speed and can play center field, too. Steve Pearce jersey cheap and Jonny Gomes jersey cheap have power.

Will anybody take a big salary? The Rangers could still become active on the elite free agent market, but only if somebody offers to take a major salary off their hands. The Rangers would certainly listen on Prince Fielder jersey cheap, Elvis Andrus jersey cheap or Shin Soo Choo. Big question: Will anybody call? Bigger question: Would any of those callers be willing to take on the majority of those contracts?DANIELS ON PODCAST

Texas Rangers jersey cheap general manager Jon Daniels recently joined Evan Grant, Barry Horn and Kevin Sherrington on the Upon Further Review podcast to talk all things baseball, with an emphasis on the upcoming winter meetings.

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The Los Angeles lefty, who was born in Midland, Texas, tossed eight strong innings but settled for a no decision Tuesday, allowing two runs against the Rangers, who beat the Dodgers.

Anderson jersey cheap, who previously pitched for the Oakland A’s, has never performed well at the Rangers park. He’s 0 3 with a 7.23 ERA in six games there.40 people at game treated for heat related issues

This article originally published in Aug. Sunday, making it the 16th straight day of triple digit scorchers.

The heat was a factor at Sunday afternoon’s baseball game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where the Texas Rangers jersey cheap completed a series with the Boston Red Sox jersey cheap. start compared with capacity crowds of 40,000 plus for night games on Friday and Saturday.

Rangers officials said that about 40 people were treated for heat related issues at first aid stations at the ballpark. Extra medical technicians were on hand along with extra ice and water.

Rangers spokesman John Blake said the club would have preferred to play Sunday’s game at night.

Each year the Rangers have to get a waiver from Major League Baseball to play Sunday games at night during the summer while ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball is on the air.

Blake said Sunday’s Rangers/Red Sox game was the only waiver request denied by MLB for 2010. Blake believes it was because of potential Red Sox viewership in New England affecting ESPN’s game.

“This was a game we wanted to play at night,” Blake said. “But there would have been no television if we had played the game at night.”

Sunday’s 103 was not a record for Aug. 15. The record of 107 was set in 1951, according to the National Weather Service.

Weather service meteorologists are calling for a high today of 99 degrees, but they also acknowledged that the mercury could easily hit 100 to keep the triple digit string going.

Nick Hampshire, a weather service meteorologist, said some cooling is expected this week because of Wholesale Jerseys
a weak front forming along the Red River that could produce scattered showers. Even then, temperatures would still be in the high 90s and make the outdoors feel like a high humidity steambath.