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September 29, 2010

Wednesday postgame Rangers notes

Sorry for the delay, but Little League practice took priority over the blog. But you get some extended notes for your time.

According to Elias, today was the first time in over 5 years for a game to end on a play that began with a strikeout. Phillies won 4-3 on Aug. 3, 2005 vs. Chicago-NL when Pat Burrell struck out against Michael Wuertz with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, and Jimmy Rollins scored from 3rd on a passed ball by Michael Barrett to win it.

The Rangers are in a wait-and-see mode on David Murphy. He left before the game ended to have an MRI on his left groin. We will know more Thursday.

As for Mark Lowe's impressions of his first major-league game since May, well here's what he had to say. “I told the trainers I feel like I did when I was 13 years old. I’ve had a lot of time for everything to heal up. My arm feels great. My body feels great. I had a great rehab program, and everything feels balanced out.” That's good news, but the Rangers will see him two more times before they make any decisions.

Frank Francisco hasn't left for Arizona yet. He hopes to throw again soon, but said it will be about a week before he's up on a mound. He was bummed because he knows he won't be in the ALDS, but is pulling for his team so he can be ready for the ALCS.

As for other game notes. ...

The 11 walkoff wins are the most by a Rangers team since 1990. They had 12 that year. Nelson Cruz has been at the plate for five of them.

Justin Smoak finished the series 5 for 11 with three homers.

The Rangers made two errors. It snapped a seven game errorless streak for Texas.

If Rich Harden doesn't pitch in another game, as a starter he will finish the year 5-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 18 starts. His two relief appearances upped his season ERA to 5.58.

Tommy Hunter is slated to start Friday night in an effort to stretch him out for the postseason.

- Anthony Andro

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The sooner we can get Rich Harden out of town, the better.

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