Coffee and Clippings: Rangers Out of First Place

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News breaks down Matt Garza’s meltdown as the Rangers fall out of first place in the AL West…

The Rangers turned the ball over to their hired gun Matt Garza to do what he does on Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Rangers’ what he has done best – or at least most often – is give up bundles of runs.

Garza could not hold a significant early lead and ended up allowing all of Los Angeles’ runs in a 6-5 loss that knocked the Rangers out of first place in the AL West after a month-long stay. Oakland, which beat Houston on Friday, leads by a half game with 22 to play.

Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) of the Star Tribune looks at Twins catcher Josmil Pinto and his debut set for this weekend…

Josmil Pinto, whose career batting average stands at .700 after three major-league games, will be making his Minneapolis debut against the Blue Jays this weekend.

Oh, were you thinking of somebody else?

Well, Twins fans might need to get used to having more than one career catcher in the lineup before long, because it’s clear to the team’s management that Pinto has a real future here.

Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) from the Tampa Ray Times discusses the Rays’ decision to end attempted acts of relaxation…

There aren’t going to be any more bands in the Rays clubhouse this season.

No additional team excursions. No more animals running or slithering around their feet and, much to their dismay after Jeremy Hellickson suggested it, no monkey shagging balls in the outfield during batting practice.

After declaring Thursday night that his players were too tight and trying too hard, Rays manager Joe Maddon said Friday that he would not use any more novelty acts or gimmicks to get them to relax and loosen up.