Good Day.

Total wins by a margin of at least five runs out of the Rangers' first 29 victories: Three.

Total wins by a margin of at least five runs out of the Rangers' last three victories: Three.

Number of times in 2007 an opponent held Ichiro Suzuki to one hit over three consecutive games: Eleven. (Texas was one of them.)

Number of times in 2008 and 2009 combined an opponent held Ichiro Suzuki to one hit over three consecutive games: Three. (Texas was one of them.)

Number of times in 2010 an opponent has held Ichiro Suzuki to one hit over three consecutive games: One. (Monday, Tuesday, and last night.)

If the official scorer hadn't reversed his ruling and awarded Ichiro a fifth-inning double on what was originally ruled a Justin Smoak error, we'd be looking at the first time since April 2006 that one team has held Ichiro hitless three straight days.

Texas has won 11 of 13 games in the red jerseys this year.

Derek Holland had to cut short his first bullpen session since left rotator cuff inflammation forced him to the disabled list. His 30-pitch session yesterday lasted 17 pitches before he complained of a "minor pinch" in his shoulder.

Rangers third-round pick Jordan Akins, a toolsy outfielder from Union Grove High School in Georgia, told that he has agreed to sign with Texas for $350,000, forgoing a football-baseball scholarship to the University of Central Florida. If the figure is accurate, it appears to be right at or maybe slightly over slot.

Texas took bench coach Jackie Moore's son, Johnathan Moore, in the 45th round yesterday. The Houston Baptist catcher hit .355 with six home runs and 51 RBI in 54 games this season.

The Rangers' 39th-round pick yesterday, University of Alabama-Birmingham righthander Ryan Woolley, was taken in the sixth round a year ago (by Atlanta) but didn't sign. The Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2007, outfielder Garrett Nash, was chosen yesterday by Arizona, also in the 39th round, 15 picks before Texas tabbed Woolley. Nash has been on a Mormon mission the past two years.

Matt Purke is the Louisville Slugger NCAA Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He's gone 13-0, 3.40 for TCU, fanning 122 and walking 27 in 95.1 innings. The Horned Frogs are in Austin for the NCAA Super Regionals tomorrow through Sunday. Anyone have local TV details?

On Monday, the Washington Nationals drafted Bryce Harper. On Tuesday, they got the greatest debut in the history of mankind from Stephen Strasburg. On Wednesday, they signed Jason Botts to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old, who was hitting .342/.444/.530 in 149 at-bats for the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League, joins AAA Syracuse, where his teammates will include Kevin Mench and where his hitting coach will be Jerry Browne.

Florida designated Mike Lamb for assignment to make room for outfield phenom Mike Stanton.

No column this week. I'm still recovering from the draft.

Our next Fox Sports Southwest in-game chat will probably be June 30, when Texas visits the Angels.

You're 18 years old. In one day:

  1. You get an authentic Rangers jersey with your name on it, number 1 or number 21.
  2. You and your family get to hang out in a room with Nolan Ryan.
  3. You get to meet a bunch of Rangers players and then watch them - from a suite behind home plate - explode offensively, pitch well, and play great defense. You dream of one day playing on that field, in a game like that.
  4. You get interviewed by Jim Knox.
  5. Your parting gift: Someone agrees to pay you seven figures.

Good day, eh?

(Max Faulkner FWST)


Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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