The Rangers are now 10-2 after last night’s 6-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. The club improved its road record to 5-0. Mike Napoli is currently occupying a stratosphere of manliness accessible only to a select few. He recorded three hits Wednesday, driving in four runs with a 2-run home run and a 2-run double. In approximately twenty-seven hours of work in Beantown, Napoli totaled three home runs and eight RBI. Derek Holland rolled through seven innings, Alexi Ogando was nails, and Joe Nathan and the defense had an uneven ninth inning, though Brandon Snyder made a nice play on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia liner to end the game. The victory moved the Rangers six games ahead of the California Angels, against whom Bartolo Colon delivered eight scoreless innings and, during one stretch, thirty-eight consecutive strikes. Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels look listless, notes that Albert Pujols has not homered this season and has not walked in the last nine games, and has this head-scratcher of a quote from Torii Hunter:
“I know it’s only 12 games, but we can’t keep saying that, because there’s a way to lose, and we’re not losing the right way. If you’re going to lose, you’ve got to lose battling.”
The Mavs moved closer to a playoff spot with last night’s 117-110 victory against the Rockets.