Garrett Richards earned his 10th win of the season after giving up just one run on six hits and a walk with a season-high 11 strikeouts over 7.1 innings against the Astros on Sunday.
Richards has now thrown seven-straight quality starts and dropped his ERA to 2.71 with a 1.07 WHIP and a 119:41 K:BB over 116.1 innings this season. The walks tend to get the better of him at times, but overall, he is pitching as close to lights-out as anyone would have ever expected from him coming into the season. His final start before the All Star break is a tough one though as he heads into Arlington to face the Rangers. Granted, their lineup isn't what it was once perceived to be, but it's still loaded with talent and the ballpark remains extremely hitter-friendly. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Dallas Cowboys are hold off on placing Tony Romo on Injured Reserve in hopes of still making the playoffs.
Oh Jerry. Look, the most reductive outlook you could possibly have on Dallas' playoff chances is that the Cowboys are only two games out of the division lead. But that's ignoring the fact that they're also tied for the worst record in NFC and just one win better that the two worst teams in the league. If the Cowboys were smart, they'd be taking the perspective that they have a very, very good shot of getting a great draft pick. But it sounds like they're taking an approach that's going to cost them draft slots on the belief that Matt Cassel is leading them to the playoff. Freakin' Jerry. Analysis: Brett Talley
Chandler Parsons is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game.
Parsons has been sitting out in back-to-backs this season and will apparently continue to do so for now. The last time Parsons sat, Dirk, Felton, Williams and Matthews all played over 35 minutes, and no other bench guys saw even 20 minutes in Parsons' absence. So if you're looking for an uptick in usage for any Mavs, you should probably count on the other starters getting the extra work. Analysis: Brett Talley