The Rangers lost yesterday in their game, but the news off the field is probably bigger for them. Josh Hamilton will be out indefinitely after bruising his ribs in Saturday's game, and I have to imagine that they aren't going to rush him back since they are so far up in their division.
It also was announced that Cliff Lee will miss his next start as well, and based on the way he's been pitching this is hopefully a good thing. If you have to make a weekly lineup decision, I think he has to be benched if you need to get something from that spot.
Ike Davis went 4 for 6 with 3 runs scored, a homerun and 3 runs batted in yesterday in a wild one against the Cubs. He now has 17 homeruns and 61 runs batted in on the season, and I think that next season he should see his batting average improve somewhat as well.
Scary moment for Logan Morrison yesterday after getting hit in the face by a foul ball while in the on-deck circle. He had been 3 for 4 with a triple at that point, and is now hitting .312. The x-rays were negative, but we'll see if he keeps playing or not.
Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup with 2 hits against the Blue Jays yesterday. I've been trying to figure out where to rank him for next season, and the answer I seem to keep coming to is that he'll be somewhere around 25 or so overall.
Jonathan Papelbon and the Red Sox' bullpen blew the game last night in stunning fashion, allowing 4 earned runs in the 9th inning. Papelbon had been considered a top 5 closer coming into the season, and I think that if he is in Boston next season, that ranking will still be right. He does still have 36 saves in spite of blowing 7.
Chris Carpenter won his 15th game of the season yesterday, striking out 11 over 7 1/3 innings pitched. 2 earned runs lowered his ERA to 2.90 overall for the season, and I think he's going to be in the Cy Young discussion as well. What a race this is going to be.
Miguel Tejada had 3 hits yesterday, including his 5th homerun since being traded to the Padres. He's going to qualify at 3B and SS next year, and will be a good play late in deeper leagues next season.
Felix Hernandez is finally over 500 after striking out 9 over 8 shutout innings yesterday against the Indians. 11 wins is probably not going to get him into the discussion as much as it should for the AL Cy Young, but he's definitely been one of the top 5 pitchers this season, and should be ranked accordingly next year.