The Rangers' veteran players called a players-only meeting Monday afternoon before batting practice to help address the issues that have led to a six-game losing streak that has dropped them 6 1/2 games behind Oakland in the American League West with 14 games remaining.
Left fielder David Murphy said that it was a productive meeting that got everyone back on the same page. Manager Ron Washington said that he hoped the players were "figuring it out."
"It's not about what they said," Washington said. "It's about them going out there and doing it."
The Rangers were swept in a six-game homestand for the first time in club history to all but fall out of the AL West race. But they entered Monday tied with Tampa Bay for the wild-card lead and a half-game ahead of Cleveland. The Rangers and Rays play the next for games head-to-head.
-- Jeff Wilson