Monday a.m. Rangers things

A lousy way to end the homestand yesterday.  If on Friday, the Rangers did everything right across the board, on Sunday, the Rangers had failures in every element of their game, across the board.

Texas could have buried Oakland with a sweep, but at this point, the A's are 7.5 back, and still clinging to life in the A.L. West race.

Jeff Wilson's game story notes that the Rangers are now 1-4 against Oakland in day games this year.

Todd Wills says in his game story that Colby Lewis is frustrated, after getting booed while leaving the mound in his eighth attempt to get to the 10 win mark this year.

Josh Hamilton was just about the only offense for Texas yesterday, and Richard Durrett wonders if it is a foregone conclusion that Hamilton will win the A.L. MVP.

Anthony Andro's notes talk about the starting pitchers having an extra off-day coming up, along with a Scott Feldman update.

Nelson Cruz will be back in the lineup today.

Frank Francisco won't be back anytime real soon, as the Rangers are being cautious with him, wanting to make sure he's ready to go come playoff time.

Gil Lebreton has a column about how Hurricane Katrina impacted Ron Washington.

Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that, while the Rangers have just gone 12-13 in the month of August, the A's haven't done much better and the Angels have been worse, so the Rangers are still in good shape in the A.L. West.

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