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August 01, 2010

Rangers Sunday post-game nuggets

Not really much to gnaw on here.

I didn't have room in the game story, but no one was more bummed about Sunday's game than David Murphy. He felt like he should have gotten a run home in the third inning with the bases loaded, but instead popped up. An RBI would have cut the Los Angeles lead to 2-1. "It was the exact pitch I was looking for," said Murphy of the Jered Weaver curveball. "It was down, but it was over the middle of the plate and I didn't wait quite long enough. I don't expect to get a hit every single at-bat, I've got to at least get a run in there. I have so many different opportunities to produce there."

As for the Cliff Lee portion of the nuggets, he has pitched at least eight innings in nine-consecutive starts. That's the longest streak in the majors since 1996.

Lee also unintentionally walked Alberto Callaspo in the eighth inning. That's his first unintentional walk with the Rangers, and his first in 159 batters.

Lee now has nine walks on the season and nine wins.

Nelson Cruz had his 19-game hitting streak ended. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.

- Anthony Andro


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