Ron Washington left Roy Oswalt in the game a little too long, and Washington admitted that he made a mistake. But, as Washington also said, the team picked their manager up today getting a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth (and what looked to be two insurance runs on a Nelson Cruz homerun but it was ruled foul) before Joe Nathan shut the door for the save.
The Rangers bounced back from a tough opener to take the series from the Red Sox and with the Athletics and Angels beating each other up, continue to have a semi-comfortable lead in the AL West.
Matt Harrison had a lead, but the Red Sox used the dimensions of Fenway Park to get back into the game, and when the Rangers tried to pull away again, they scored three runs on a Will Middlebrooks homerun which soured a pretty good relief outing by Oswalt to that point.
It was another good day for Josh Hamilton and you can’t help but think that he might just be seeing the ball better now that news of his story has been coming out piece by piece. Hamilton has been questioned by just about everybody in the Rangers organization and he does seem to have a sense of pride and that is showing lately as he, and the rest of the Texas offense is looking to rebound from what was an abysmal (from their standards) July.
It was another day off for Mike Napoli who may be happier to see Geovany Soto than anyone as he now has a reliable replacement allowing himself to rest after playing in a high percentage of games as either catcher, first baseman or designated hitter. Napoli hasn’t really been in much of an offensive groove all season and now with a chance to rest more often, he may just have his best baseball to come right when the Rangers need it most.
Now it is back home for the Rangers after an off day tomorrow as they start a series with the Detroit Tigers who are in a dog fight for the AL Central title with the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers are always a tough opponent and have had one of the best records over the last little while.