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Another weird game, that the Rangers appeared to have won, then lost, then were going to win, then were going to lose, then won.

After all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the Tuesday loss in Chicago, I can only imagine what things would have been like this morning if Texas had fallen to Kansas City.

Nevertheless, the near-loss drives home a point that's been all too apparent to those of us who follow this team closely...

Neftali Feliz isn't pitching well.

Yes, the Eric Hosmer homer was the first homer he's allowed on the year, and only the second run he's allowed all season.  Feliz still has a pretty 1.32 ERA.

But he's pitched 13 2/3 innings, and only struck out 8 batters.  More troubling, he's walked 11 men.  Yesterday was the worst outing he's had all season, but even on Sunday, when he came in in relief against Anaheim, he looked shaky, and (in shades of yesterday's Pickoffpalooza) needed a strike 'em out/throw 'em out double play (on a pitch that would have been ball four if it hadn't been swung at) to escape with the save.

I don't know what the deal is with Feliz right now.  But he's pitching poorly, and a struggling Feliz puts that much more stress on an already troubling bullpen.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about how the Rangers' 13 walks drawn allowed them to finally capitalize, despite going 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

The game story at the Rangers' website talks about Adrian Beltre's history of success at Kaufmann Stadium, with Beltre finally clicking there yesterday with the 2 run go-ahead single in extra innings.

Gerry Fraley offers his thoughts from yesterday's game.

Anthony Andro has a report from Frisco, where Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton both were in the starting lineup as part of a rehab stint.

Jamey Newberg has a piece up on mlb.com about Leonys Martin.

The S-T's notes talk about the return of Taylor Teagarden, Endy Chavez finding his groove, and the status of Scott Feldman (who is making a rehab start tonight) and Brandon Webb.