First, read this story by Levi Weaver about Brandon Mann and the extra meaning of his long awaited debut on Mother's Day.
Now that it's all covered in tears, we can move on to TR Recapitulation of the Yankees' Sullivan beating the Rangers by five runs to actually open the floodgates.
Jeff Wilson reacts to the loss of the Rangers and the barrage of home runs, but wonders if Rougned Odor hitting his first season was the most important dong of the night.
The story of Weaver's game focuses, you guessed it, on dingers. The Yankees beat five of them while the Rangers could collect only three miserable bursts of tape.
Sullivan writes that GM Jon Daniels is more interested in the development of the young players of the Rangers at this time.
JD is not, as Wilson points out, interested in pointing fingers or scapegoating his coaching staff despite a 100-loss pace during the first eight weeks of the season.
Sullivan writes that Daniels had to at least be happy that Joey Gallo, Ronald Guzman and Odor were young who hit the long bombs last night.
Righty Tyler Phillips made the list of Mike Rosenbaum's best potential players from Monday's action when Phillips pitched another in a string of recent gems for Low-A Hickory.
We joke that Bartolo Colón is old (and make no mistake, he is an old baseball player) but how about Rafael Palmeiro hit an HR in the action of the Indy League being almost nine years older than Columbus? The swing is still sweet.
And finally, a new segment of the morning links that I like to call, "Things I saw on my Twitter timeline just before going to bed that led to a painful battle against depression in place to sleep ":
Do you remember Miles Mikolas? Ex Ranger? Lizard King? I went to Japan and pushed? He came back and the Rangers tried to sign him, but they finished as runners-up for the Cardinals. How is it going?
Is there a finer free agent that signed last winter_ out Shohei Ohtani_ that #STLCards starter Miles Mikolas? He throws a 4-hit shutout. striking at 9, and retiring 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. He is 6-0 with a 2.24 ERA and only makes $ 7.5 million this year
– Bob Nightengale (@Bangightengale) May 22, 2018
Do you remember Jeremy Jeffress? Ex Ranger? Peed yourself (literally) while driving drunk? Added to the already huge potential cost of Jonathan Lucroy's terrible exchange under supposedly good and multiple control years only to throw so horrible last season that the Rangers basically begged the Brewers to take him back. How is it going?
The effectiveness of Jeremy Jeffress is so low that he only dropped one point, from 0.36 to 0.35, with another entry without annotations. He has not allowed a race in 21 consecutive starts and 24 of 25 for the season. Absolutely remarkable.
– Tom (@Haudricourt) May 22, 2018
Have a nice day!