First Star – Colby Lewis (.261 WPA)
Second Star – Neftali Feliz (.175 WPA)
Third Star – Tyler Colvin (.136 WPA)


  • The Rangers came into the game with the best home record in the Majors at 17-7. That record got better with last night’s win. It’s hard to expect a sweep coming into this game, but I was hoping for a series win considering how we’ve play against the Rockies and Phillies. Now we’re gonna have to work for that. On a side note, how about the Rays away record so far? They are 17-5 on the road. That’s insane.
  • Josh Lewin mentioned that Alfonso Soriano played in Japan for a year before coming to the Yankees. I had no idea that was the case so I went to everyone’s favorite source for infallible information, Wikipedia, and found this:
    “Soriano began his professional baseball career in Japan with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp, training at their Carp Academy for Dominican players. In 1997, he was promoted briefly to the varsity team, and, wearing uniform number 74, he appeared in nine games, batting .118 (2 for 17) with two walks. In 1997, Soriano earned a salary of $40,000.[1] Soriano finished his career in Japan by retiring from his contract and signing as a free agent with the New York Yankees, using a loophole that had previously been used by Hideo Nomo.” I had no idea that Sori had any ties to Japan. How is that not mentioned more often?
  • Both starters worked fairly deep into the ballgame considering Lewis threw 30 pitches and Lilly 34 in the first inning.
  • Our only run of the game came on a Geovany Soto double play with runners on 1st and 3rd and no outs. It’s not an ideal way to score because it completely killed the inning. We’ve got to start putting crooked numbers up in innings more often.
  • I saw what was perhaps the worst defensive showing of this team so far this year in the 4th inning when Ian Kinsler hit a dribbler down toward third base. Fontenot came in and played it, but threw it away, allowing Kinsler to head to 2nd. The ball, after getting by Lee, went off the wall in foul territory and skipped past Theriot. He picked up the ball and threw to Starlin Castro at 2b to try to get Kinsler only to skip the ball past him and toward the third base line in the outfield. Kinsler hustled toward 3rd as Soriano picked up the ball and fired it back in. The only thing that could have made it worse would have been if Soriano would have air mailed the throw and allowed Kinsler to have a little league style homerun on three separate errors in the field.
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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail