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July 29, 2011

Rangers postgame notes: Fundmentals, Nelson Cruz, Double A no-hitter

It wasn't necessarily Brett Cecil who beat the Rangers 3-2 on Friday night. Manager Ron Washington believes the Rangers beat themselves. Two times they failed to execute the fundmentals of the game, said Washington, and twice it cost them runs. The homer Mike Napoli hit in the ninth inning should have been the go-ahead run, not just a run that made Jon Rauch sweat.

Mitch Moreland failed to put a ball in play in the fourth with runners at first and third, and Endy Chavez didn't deliver a sacrifice bunt in the sixth after the first two Rangers had singled.

"There's the game right there," Washington said. "It's those little things that usually come back to haunt you, and they came back to haunt us tonight."

The good news for the Rangers is that the Angels lost, so the Rangers' lead in the AL West held at two games.

More good news is that the left hamstring tightness Nelson Cruz experienced is considered minor. He might not play again this weekend, because Washington doesn't want Cruz on the artificial surface at Rogers Centre, but it doesn't appear to be a DL situation.

Even more good news is that Double A Frisco right-hander Joe Wieland tossed a no-hitter at San Antonio. Wieland, who started the year at Class A Myrtle Beach, walked only one hitter and faced the minimum. It was the first nine-inning no-hitter in Frisco history.

-- Jeff Wilson

 

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