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Lance Berkman criticizes the Rangers

1/28/2011

St. Louis outfielder Lance Berkman criticized the Rangers on a Houston radio station on Thursday.

Read the complete story here, including C.J. Wilson's comments about what Berkman said.

Some of Berkman's comments:

"I felt like if they didn't re-sign Cliff Lee that they were going to be an average team and I feel that's probably what's going to end up happening," Berkman said Thursday. "It's all about your pitching. I feel like last year was one of those special years where you kind of catch lightning in a bottle and they got hot and they had some guys that I felt like were pitching better than their talent level and consequently they had a great year."

And on Adrian Beltre:

"They were itching to spend some money," Berkman said. "I probably could have gotten the best deal out of them, especially in light of what they gave Adrian Beltre, which I think is pretty much of a reach for him."

Wilson said the comments didn't offend him. He was more interesting in the team using them as motivation.

"We have a lot of pride on our team," Wilson said. "We're very proud of what we've turned our team into. It's about the players and what we've done on the field. We've gotten better. Now the organization is somewhere and we have direction.

"If someone is going to slam us, that's going to be something. ... You hold little grudges like that. I hope the fans understand and when Lance comes to play at some point in Texas, I hope our fans boo."

Read the entire story here.