Nick Blackburn had a tough night in Texas, as the Rangers' offense lit him up for a total of 9 runs. Ian Kinsler went 4 for 6 with his 16th home run, 2 runs scored, and 4 runs batted in.
Michael Young is quietly having a great season in Texas. He went 3 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 runs batted in. He is now hitting .333 with 9 home runs, 70 runs batted in, and 50 runs scored. He also qualifies at 3 positions, and is likely to qualify at all of them next year as well.
Jose Altuve went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a run scored last night against the Cardinals, and now has a hit in each of his 5 career games thus far. I don't see how he can keep up this performance, but if you need a 2B or a MI, you should at least take a look at him.
Cliff Lee was roughed up in his start on Monday. He gave up 5 earned runs and 10 hits in just 4 innings against the Padres. He still struck out 5 and walked just 1, and these things are going to happen from time to time.
Brad Lidge made his first appearance of the season, throwing a scoreless 7th inning in the loss. I'm not sure how it's going to go, as his velocity was reported right around 89-90 on his fastball.
On the anniversary of him being traded, Dan Haren struck out 10, allowed 1 earned run and 5 base runners in 7 2/3 innings pitched. He got a no-decision after Jordan Walden blew the save. It's good to see a quality start from him after the previous start hadn't been excellent against Texas.
Mark Teixeira hit his 27th home run of the season last night, and now has 75 runs batted in on the season. I'm not sure if his batting average is ever going to get back to hitting above .250, but he's still hitting for a lot of power and driving in a ton of runs.