Starting Nine: First place is within Texas' range
1. The Rangers ran wild over the Angels on Wednesday, stealing seven bases en route to a 10-3 victory and series sweep. Texas has won nine out of their last ten games, and are now tied with the slumping Athletics for first place in the AL West.
2. And while Los Angeles ended up on the losing end of that game, Mike Trout still found a way to celebrate his 22nd birthday (in fact, it was the same way he celebrated his 21st birthday):
3. Texas is hardly baseball's only hot team. After being the Nationals 6-3, the Braves have now won 13 in a row. Atlanta hasn't lost, we'd point out, since opening a Waffle House at Turner Field. And the Tigers beat the Indians 6-5 in 14 innings, extending their winning streak to 11.
4. In case you hadn't heard, Matt Harvey is having a pretty good season for the Mets. But you know what he hadn't yet done in his short career? Throw a complete-game shutout. Until Wednesday night, that is:
5. There is now at least one reason to mention Jamey Carroll alongside all-time greats like Ted Williams and Stan Musial. The Twins utilityman pitched a perfect inning on Monday, giving us a perfect opportunity to run down the greatest position players who briefly pitched in MLB games as well.
6. Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica looked more like a Roman aristocrat being fed olives than a professional baseball player while making this 1-3 putout. But hey, it worked:
7. We're just going to leave this video here. (The fan catch itself is pretty good, but we highly recommend you continue watching after that.)
8. Your newly crowned winner of The Bachelorette is Chris Siegfried, who played for several years in the Cubs' Minor League system. It's not hard to see why bachelorette Desiree Harstock chose him -- not only does he have pitching skills, he's also quite the poet.