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Texas definitely brought the ugly last night.  Anaheim lost, Oakland won, and so now, each of those teams is 9 games back of Texas in the loss column. 

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about Tommy Hunter's inability to command his fastball right now, with the result being Hunter getting knocked out early, and Matt Garza being in a position to cruise to a W.

In the game story on the Rangers' website, at the end, it mentions that Bengie Molina was working with Hunter after the game on what to do about his command issues.

The notes on the Rangers' site talk about a couple of changes to the lineup yesterday -- Vladimir Guerrero starting in right field, and Michael Young sitting.  Young's neck was bothering him, while Ron Washington wanted to get Guerrero out in the field to get him more "in the mix" in the hopes of him breaking out of his slump.

Meanwhile, Wilson's notes talk about the Rangers signing Alex Cora, whom they apparently hope can help fill in at second while Ian Kinsler is out.  Cora has been signed to a minor league deal and is going to Oklahoma, but it sounds like, if he doesn't trip over his own shoelaces or lose a limb in the next few days, he'll be up in the majors by next week.

Evan Grant thinks the Rangers are about ready to cut bait on Joaquin Arias, and runs down the utility infielder saga from this year.

Grant also writes that the Rangers' problems on the road this year does not bode well for their playoff chances.

Tim Cowlishaw says that Cliff Lee isn't the end-all be-all, pointing out that Texas is 3-5 in his starts.