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Jul 27, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (5) reacts on second base during the game at Rangers Ballpark.  Chicago won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Jul 27, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler (5) reacts on second base during the game at Rangers Ballpark. Chicago won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

That was some day yesterday. The Angels trade for Zack Greinke, the Rangers lose, 9-5, at home to the White Sox while looking inept, and Josh Hamilton was booed.

The Rangers are still four games up in the A.L. West, still the prohibitive favorites in the division, but it doesn't exactly fel that way this morning.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about a lack of clutch hitting and a bad 0-2 pitch from Yu Darvish to Kevin Youkilis dooming the Rangers.

Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on the booing that Josh Hamilton received during yet another bad night at the plate for him.

Anthony Andro's game story hits on a disappointing Yu outing and Hamilton going 0 for 4 and getting booed.

Behind the paywall, Gerry Fraley says that Yu Darvish had a chance to make a statement yesterday, and failed to do so.

Dave Collier has his Rapid Reaction to yesterday's game at the ESPN Dallas blog.

The Rangers' website has a story on the Hamilton booing, with some interesting quotes from Hamilton:

"I saw one fastball," Hamilton said. "I hit it to center field. Then I saw lots of offspeed the rest of the game. Same old story."

You know how we've been wondering why any pitcher every throws Hamilton a fastball? It sounds like they aren't any more. And it sounds like Hamilton doesn't think he can hit anything but a fastball right now.

And the defensive lapses? Here's Hamilton's explanation on the ball from Dunn that fell in and cost the Rangers a run:

"Y'all know how the sun is," Hamilton said. "It was a little bit overcast at the beginning of the game but it was still tough. I couldn't see the ball until it was at its highest point. By the time it reached its highest point, I couldn't get there. Maybe I could have gotten there with a little slide. I didn't. I chose not to slide."

And the Beckham double:

"The throw in the gap hurt tremendously," Hamilton said. "I threw it anyway. There's 162 games. You're going to be sore at some point. I'm just out there playing, man. I take nothing personal from the fans. There's a lot more encouraging me than discouraging me."

What did Ron Washington have to say about Hamilton's defense?

"He certainly didn't play his best on the defensive end," said manager Ron Washington.

Richard Durrett also has a blog post on the Hamilton booing situation.

Ron Washington says that the Rangers could use a good pitcher. While I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers went out and got a pitcher at the trade deadline, I'd be surprised if that pitcher was a starter, rather than a reliever. My guess is the Rangers go find a lefty reliever to pair with Robbie Ross.

Jeff Wilson has a story on the Rangers shopping, writing that the Rangers preferred Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee to Zack Greinke, and that neither James Shields nor Josh Johnson represent much of an upgrade over the guys the Rangers currently have in the rotation.

Sullivan says that the Rangers were in on Greinke, but didn't want to part with Mike Olt, so there was no deal. Another report from last night indicated that the Rangers' offer for Greinke was Justin Grimm, Chad Bell, and Leury Garcia, a package that doesn't match what the Angels offered. Sullivan also writes that the Rangers are less interested in Shields or Johnson than they were in Greinke.

Behind the paywall, Evan Grant writes that the Rangers' future is still a priority, impacting what they are willing to give up to make a deal.

Notes...

The S-T's notes are all about injuries, with Roy Oswalt being cleared to start Monday, Mike Napoli being careful while running, and Mitch Moreland and Mark Lowe making their way back.

The Rangers' website notes also hits on those injury issues, as well as Neftali Feliz being scheduled to go 5 innings or 80 pitches in his rehab start tomorrow night, and Joe Nathan approaching the Ranger record for most consecutive saves.