Buzz: Magadan still confident in his guys
The Rangers have scored five runs in four games. They had been held scoreless for 16 innings since Nelson Cruz's solo home run in the second inning on Thursday night entering Saturday's game against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Rangers have gone 13 straight games with 10 or fewer hits, the longest streak for the club since 15 in a row in 1988. They are batting .167 with runners in scoring position.
It's gotten that bad.
"It's definitely a bump in the road," Magadan said. "Everyone goes through it. We have to keep it at a minimum."
The Rangers can start by putting some hits together. They have had back-to-back hits once in each of the past three games. Twice the first hit has been a solo home run. The last time the Rangers had consecutive hits when one wasn't a home run was in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland when Leonys Martin had a single and Jurickson Profar a double in the bottom of the eighth.
The last time they had three straight hits was in the top of the fifth of Sunday's 6-4 victory at Toronto.
"It's a matter of stringing some good at-bats together," Magadan said. "We haven't done that the last week, week and a half."
Magadan said the solution to the Rangers' woes is simple -- stay selective and, as a hitter, swing at your pitch.
"It begins and ends with getting good pitches to hit," Magadan said. "We have to be ready the first pitch or the fifth pitch. If it's the first pitch, you have to be ready to hit it."
Leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler, who was batting .302 before a rib cage injury sidelined him on May 19, returned to the lineup Saturday. First baseman Mitch Moreland, who has 12 home runs, is on schedule to return Friday in St. Louis.
The reinforcements will help, Magadan said, but this needs to be a group effort.
"We can't depend on one of those guys to get us out of this," Magadan said. "It has to be a concerted effort on everyone's part."
Moreland ready: First baseman Moreland ran the bases for the first time as he gets closer to coming off the 15-day disabled list on Friday in St. Louis.
Moreland, rehabbing a strained right hamstring, will begin a rehab assignment soon.
"I'm ready to go," Moreland said.
Baker won't need DL: Rangers manager Ron Washington said Jeff Baker won't need to go on the 15-day disabled list for his sprained right thumb.
Baker suffered the injury during a poorly executed high five during Thursday's pregame ceremonies. The Rangers had a sign posted in their dugout Saturday that "no pre-game hand shakes today."
McGuiness new to knuckler: Rangers first baseman Chris McGuiness has never faced a knuckleball pitcher in a game, so he said he had a plan for his first at-bat Saturday against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.
"See one for sure," McGuiness said.
Garcia needs to play: Washington said that utilityman Leury Garcia will benefit from getting to play every day at Triple-A Round Rock. He was the odd man out with Profar staying on the team after Ian Kinsler was activated.
"Leury needs to play," Washington said. "His game has been going backwards."
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