The Rangers, without a Nikola Karabatic or Ivano Balic to call their own, have succumbed for a seventh straight game for the first time since 2007. The Rangers haven't lost this many times consecutively since back when Henning Fritz was leading Team Germany to the '07 World Men's Handball Championship.
Todd Wills provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers latest loss. But, good news! The Indians also lost last night so the Rangers still cling to the final Wild Card spot in the American League by a half game.
T.R. Sullivan recaps the game where problems with the "shutdown inning" is your Ron Washington excuse du jour.
Jeff Wilson's game story on loss No. 7 can be summarized by this excerpt:
The Rangers haven't held a lead in 63 innings and haven't homered in seven straight games for the first time since 1990.
The seven straight games without a lead is also the first time that's happened to the Texas Rangers since they moved to Arlington.
Evan Grant writes that the Rangers public humiliation last night was topped only by the near-naked streaker that halted the game before the 5th inning.
Sullivan's Notebook covers a fresh (and seemingly pointless) players-only meeting, Dave Magadan's hopes for the team's offense, and Lance Berkman being a sticky stain on the floor of the Rangers' season at the expense of Jurickson Profar's development, among other items
Wilson's notes tackle Magadan sticking with his philosophy as the season circles the drain, David Murphy getting benched, and Ian Kinsler up for the annual Roberto Clemente Award, among other notes.
Grant has more on Murphy receiving word that he's in for a diminished role with the team for the remainder of the season in favor of Jim Adduci. Ouch.
Cash Kruth - who still sounds like an enemy character in Donkey Kong Country - previews tonight's contest between the Rangers, with Alexi Ogando starting for the first time since Aug. 13, and the Rays with Jeremy Hellickson.
Meet the new Car on the Field via Samantha Hyde at Fox Sports.