Rapid Reaction: Athletics 5, Rangers 1
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers' four-game winning streak came to an end Monday night, when they fell 5-1 to the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a three-game series against the defending American League West champions.
|Nolan Ryan joins Galloway & Company to discuss his role with the Rangers. Ryan says that he has not been in contact with the Astros about a possible opening and he doesn't think that he would be interested anyway.
Moreland goes deep: Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to deep right field off A's starter A.J. Griffin in the top of the second inning. Moreland extended his hitting streak to a season-high six games. Moreland's home run was his fourth in his past eight games, and he made Griffin pay for throwing a belt-high fastball down the middle with a 2-2 count.
Struggles at the plate: One day after scoring 12 runs and pounding out 17 hits in a win over the Houston Astros, the Rangers made little noise at the plate outside of Moreland's blast. Griffin held them to six hits -- five of them singles -- over seven innings and struck out eight. He kept the Rangers off balance with his big, slow curveball, and struck out Elvis Andrus twice looking. Ian Kinsler and Moreland also fanned looking. None of them appeared happy with home plate umpire Lance Barksdale's strike zone. In the eighth, A's left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle struck out Geovany Soto looking, Jeff Baker swinging and Craig Gentry looking. Texas finished with just seven hits.
Up next: The Rangers face the A's in the second game of their three-game set Tuesday night at 9:05 p.m. CT on FSSW and ESPN 103.3 and 1540. Texas will send left-hander Derek Holland to the mound against A's right-hander Bartolo Colon.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
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Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.