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Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

That was a game of missed opportunities yesterday.  The Rangers had 17 baserunners but only managed to score 4 runs, with three of those runs coming on solo home runs, and the fourth coming on an error.  The Rays, meanwhile, only had 10 baserunners, but pushed half of them across the plate.

Particularly frustrating was using Mark Lowe instead of Neftali Feliz in the bottom of the 10th, with the Rays' best hitters coming up.  With Feliz having not pitched since September 1, and with an off day today, it seemed to make sense to bring him in to face the Rays 1-2-3 hitters in the 10th, and potentially pitch the 11th as well, rather than saving him for an opportunity that never came.

Drew Davison's game story notes that the Rangers are 0-30 on the road when trailing after eight innings this year, and are just 16-22 on the season in one run games.

The game story on the Rangers website has Mark Lowe saying he was trying to get ahead of Desmond Jennings in the bottom of the 10th, but left a fastball up, which Jennings took advantage of and took deep for a walk-off home run.

Richard Durrett has his post-game reactions up at the ESPN Dallas blog.

The S-T's notes hit on Ian Kinsler's recent power surge, the Rangers' play during Ron Washington's tenure as manager, and Elvis Andrus's performance in the field.

The Rangers' website notes talk about Adrian Beltre playing third base, rather than DH (as planned) yesterday, Nelson Cruz's status, and David Murphy's hot streak.

Or Moyal has a piece on the WFAA website examining Ian Kinsler.