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June 12, 2011

An eventful Rangers weekend wrapup

It's never a good day when trainer Jamie Reed is mentioned in both the game story and the lead note, but that's what will appear in the Star-Telegram on Monday morning.

These things have happened since the clubhouse opened this morning: Mike Napoli went on the DL, Francisco Liriano almost threw a no-hitter, Matt Harrison was struck by a line drive in the left triceps muscle, Elvis Andrus was removed for a lack of effort, the Rangers lost for a third time in four games to the team with the worst record in the American League.

Harrison believes that he will be able to make his next start, Saturday at Atlanta. He said he is sore but is able to bend his arm. He will continue to ice it and get it massaged between now and the trip to Turner Field. He felt lucky afterward, saying, "I'm just glad it didn't hit me in the elbow. It would have shattered."

In the next half-inning, after the Twins had scored five unearned runs after Harrison had exited, Adrian Beltre led off with a line single up the middle to end Liriano's no-hit bid. Liriano retired the first 19 Rangers before an error on third baseman Luke Hughes and hadn't allowed a hit through seven. "Somebody had to do it," Beltre said.

Andrus committed the error in the seventh that contributed to the Twins' big inning as he reached for a Rene Rivera grounder up the middle and had it hit off his glove. There was effort there. Manager Ron Washington, though, saw no effort in a routine throw to first base in the eighth inning that landed in the dirt and pulled Michael Young off the bag. "I didn't like his attitude," Washington said. "Elvis is better than that. Elvis is an excellent ballplayer, but every now and then I have to send a message." Andrus heard it and acknowledged that he understands why he was removed.

The Rangers have lost five of their past seven games and own a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL West as they enjoy an off day Monday before opening a three-game series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Young will break the Rangers' all-time games-played record, and Derek Jeter could hit the 3,000-hit plateau.

-- Jeff Wilson



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