Buckle up.

A 5-2 road trip featuring a 3.10 ERA by the pitching staff.

A half-game lead over the Angels that, because of a day off for both, will remain tomorrow when Texas kicks off three at home against Seattle as Los Angeles hosts Boston for three - before the Rangers and Angels go head to head Friday through Sunday, for the first time this season.

Josh Hamilton (two weeks) and Michael Young (two days) just about ready to return.

Four of five starting pitchers in serious grooves.

Some relievers need work.

Next time someone suggests to you that Texas did nothing significant in free agency this winter, you don't even need to remind them of the doorstep signing of Ben Sheets. Respond with just two words:

Mike Maddux.

See the catch Torii Hunter made yesterday to keep the Angels a half-game out?

Big week ahead.

With the Mavs on the verge of being turned into mini sirloin burgers for the year, it's about to become baseball season for short-attention-span crowd. That bandwagon parked around the corner is going to start to load up.

Hopefully there's more than just a big week ahead. Would like for the late arrivals to stick around a while.

Buckle up.

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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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