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Sunday a.m. Rangers things

Not a good game from the offense last night...and if Nelson Cruz is out for any length of time, the offense is going to find it even harder to score runs.

Jeff Wilson's game story says that Colby Lewis pitched well, but was let down by the offense and by his defense.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about Colbyashi's lack of run support the last month, and also has a quote from Ron Washington saying that he takes the blame for Vladimir Guerrero's inexplicable decision to try to steal second yesterday, since Washington didn't put the stop sign up.  Of course, one would think that, down two in the 9th, a runner on first wouldn't have to have the stop sign given to know not to try to steal...

ESPN Dallas has some post-game quotes, with Jon Lester being given credit for pitching a great game yesterday.

Evan Grant says that the past week has been a playoff preview for the Rangers.

Nelson Cruz says he came out of the game last night just for precautionary reasons, although Sullivan suggests that his tight hamstring could land him on the disabled list.  Brandon Boggs is being recalled today, and will replace Pedro Strop on the 25 man roster, so that the Rangers have some insurance in the outfield while Cruz deals with his hammy.

Jeff Wilson, in the S-T's notes, talks about Andres Blanco taking over as the regular second baseman, with Cristian Guzman heading to the d.l., and the new ownership group wanting to prioritize getting a long-term extension for Josh Hamilton in place.

Sullivan's notes talk about Hamilton as MVP candidate and Washington's desire to get Guerrero a day off today.

Wilson has a story up on how Josh Hamilton has been the A.L. MVP so far this season.

Drew Davison has a story on Guerrero's recent slump.

Gil Lebreton has a column on TBIA, saying that adding a roof to the stadium isn't going to happen, but that there is a group out of Qatar that claims that, for $20 million, they can air condition an outdoor stadium, keeping temperatures below 80 degrees.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column on the new ownership group.

Davison also has a lengthy feature on Rafael Palmeiro, who talks publicly about his career and steroids for the first time in, it seems, years.