Texas just focused on return to World Series

July, 10, 2012
7/10/12
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Texas Rangers players were disappointed that the American League couldn't win Tuesday's game and capture home-field advantage in the World Series. But the group was also focused on simply returning to the World Series.

"Let's get there first and then we can worry about it," second baseman Ian Kinsler said.

The 8-0 loss to the NL means that if the Rangers return to the Fall Classic, they'll start on the road yet again. The club has lost the last two World Series after not having home-field advantage.

"If we've got a chance to go for a third time, I don't think we're going to care or think about the fact we don't have home-field advantage," shortstop Elvis Andrus (who played third base in the All-Star Game) said. "The World Series is the World Series. You still have to win games on the road. They played better than us. They played really well from the first inning on. They deserved it."

Closer Joe Nathan, who pitched a 1-2-3 second inning, simply wants a chance to play in a World Series.

“I haven’t been to a World Series yet, but if our team is fortunate enough to get to that position, obviously we’d rather have home-field advantage, but that’s not what is going to be what makes or breaks us going out there," he said. "It’s going to be about competing. No matter where you are, you’re trying to win a game. This game is important.

"We would have liked to have won it. But it doesn’t mean the National League is going to win the World Series just because they won this game. It just means they get to play at home one more time than we do.”
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Elvis Andrus
BA HR RBI R
.302 1 3 9
OTHER LEADERS
HRE. Andrus 1
RBIA. Rios 7
RE. Andrus 9
OPSS. Choo .830
WP. Figueroa 2
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23