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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 27: General view of the sellout crowd during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 27, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 27: General view of the sellout crowd during the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 27, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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That was a sloppy game. Poor starting pitching, defensive mistakes, issues on the basepaths. Still, Texas was about five feet away from tying the game up in the 8th, when Elvis Andrus drove the ball the other way and, for a few seconds, seemed to have hit a grand slam that would have knotted the game up at 8. Alas, the ball tailed a few feet foul, Elvis flew out to end the inning, and that was that.

Drew Davison's game story talks about the team's overall sloppy play.

Todd Wills' game story talks about Matt Harrison being unable to keep his fastball down, and getting rocked as a result.

Evan Grant has his post-game observations at the DMN blog.

Richard Durrett has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Gil Lebreton has a column on Matt Harrison's rough night.

Behind the paywall, Grant writes about the Rangers almost making a remarkable comeback in a game he describes as a "clunker."

Ron Washington says that if teams want to walk Josh Hamilton intentionally -- as happened twice on Wednesday -- that he's fine with that.

The S-T's notes talk about Ron Washington not having much to complain about with the Rangers' hot start, Colby Lewis's walkless streak, and Elvis Andrus's approach at the plate.

The Rangers' website notes talk about Alexi Ogando getting some rest, Andrus heating up, and Lewis and walks.