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August 16, 2010

Rangers postgame notes

Manager Ron Washington was steaming after the Rangers saw Tampa Bay rally for four runs in the eighth and win 6-4. The target of Washington's anger was Joaquin Arias, who made to fielding gaffes in the the eighth that opened the flood gates against Cliff Lee.

Arias should have caught a B.J. Upton popup that fell for a one-out double, opined Washington, and should have gone to first base on a Carl Crawford roller instead of trying to get the force out at second base. That runner, Jason Bartlett was safe by a mile, and three of the next four hitters had RBI singles.

"He should have took the out right there," Washington said. "That's Baseball 101."

Michael Young, who left the game in the seventh, seemed to leave some doubt about his availability Tuesday after leaving with neck stiffness. "The second I can move around I'll get back in there, Young said. "I was having trouble moving around at the plate and in the field."

Lee said the eighth inning was a blur, but he wasn't as harsh a critic of Arias as Washington. In fact, Lee didn't criticize anyone. He called the eighth "weird," but also said he didn't remember the Rays hitting two balls hard the whole game.

Rays manager Joe Maddon, though, was fired about about the rally against Lee and said his team should be, too. "It's a really interesting win," Maddon said. "When you beat the best pitcher in baseball in the eighth inning, when he's up, that to me is impactful among your group. I'd like to believe you gain some momentum from and you gain confidence from that kind of a situation. That's a game he normally puts away right there. We were able to come back and do some good things. So, you beat a guy that good, that late, that's got to do something for your confidence."

-- Jeff Wilson

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Arias needs to go. He's a below replacement level player who just cost us a playoff preview game.

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