You like boom, and I like boom.

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Graphic violence, bat and arm

Boomsticks 1 and 2

I was there for all 20 runs and all 35 hits, but my friends were right: The moment I won't forget from Texas 13, Baltimore 7 was the throw Nelson Cruz made to the plate in the fifth, on Adam Jones's flyout to right with nobody out, men on the corners, and what felt like a teetering 8-4 Texas lead. Scott Feldman escaped the inning without further damage and retired five of the next six, starting all but one of them with strike one, throwing 17 strikes out of 23 in that span, and ending his night on a positive note.

Luke Scott didn't run on Cruz. There was no assist. It goes into the books as an F-9, and nothing more. But it was majestic.

Cruz might have been a triple short of the cycle (or as Jim Knox put it, "one hit" short of the cycle), but defensively he was nothing short of awesome.

 
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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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