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Rangers Ride Quirky Formula to Rare Victory

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    Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers looks on from the dugout. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    For the Rangers to win these days it requires strange occurrences. A full moon, perhaps. Maybe a black cat or some voodoo or just some good ol’ quirky baseball.

    Texas mixed in some decent play with a little luck last night to beat the Yankees and improve to 3-14 in July.

    Pitcher Miles Mikolas made the victory possible, earning his first Major League victory. He pitched into the 7th inning and got Derek Jeter to bounce into a key double-play to snuff a Yankees’ rally. Texas starters have now pitched past the 6th only twice in the past 18 games.

    The Rangers took the lead for good with three consecutive two-out hits, including one by Shin-Soo Choo, who broke out of an 0-for-22 slump.

    And the Yankees obviously helped out, committing a whopping five errors – three by pitcher Shane Greene and one each via bad throws by Jeter and Brian Roberts.

    The Rangers will take a win any way they can get it these days. Just doesn’t seem like a formula they can count on to repeat night after night.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.