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1-4 - Graveman buries Rangers with near no-hitter

For the first time this season, the bats were the problem for Texas

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

This is a familiar game to summarize unfortunately because a night after the Rangers gave A.J. Griffin a million runs to work with, Yu Darvish left the game with the bats producing exactly zero runs. Oh, wait, also zero hits. They did draw a walk so that was something.

Sure, this is at least mostly because of the sterling effort by Oakland starter Kendall Graveman but I don't care about him so I'm going to blame it on the offense just assuming Yu'd keep tossing up zeroes which he did until he left in the 7th inning.

While folks'll find some reason to blame Yu's lack of care or some horseshit, the truth is that it's just the latest example in a dubious history of wasting Yu Darvish's efforts.

I don't know, it's fairly disheartening to see a matchup between Yu Darvish and Kendall Graveman and then see a final score of 6-1 a night after the team scored 10 runs.

Player of the Game: Mike Napoli hit a home run in the bottom of the 7th. It was the first Rangers hit of the night and broke up Graveman's no-hitter and ruined his shutout. I don't like it when opponents of the Rangers have nice things to enjoy so I liked seeing Nap ruin Graveman's bid at history.

Up Next: The Rangers and A's close out this series with a daytime rubber match. The Rangers will play their first day game of the season with Martin Perez opposing Oakland LHP Sean Manaea. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.