Extra Bases: Rangers scoreboard watching
It's as much a part of baseball as home runs, hot dogs and, in the Rangers' case, running the bases with reckless abandon.
|Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
They didn't get it Tuesday night when one of the most shocking moments of the season, a walk-off home run by 42-year-old Jason Giambi -- batting .176 -- kept Cleveland in front of the Rangers by a game for the second wild-card spot.
Wednesday night will bring more scoreboard watching and, in the fans' case, more anxiety. Know that the players and manager will be watching too while they do what they can control -- win another game.
"I think every inning I was watching the scoreboard," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "It’s right there to look at, so every time I get a chance I look back to see what the score was."
The news that the Indians won? Yes, that was disappointing. The Rangers aren't used to being in this position of needing help.
"I heard one of my teammates told me, and you kind of hate it," Andrus said. "You could’ve been easily tied in the race today, but that’s baseball. You’ve got to come tomorrow, win the game and see what happens."
What's up now: Rapid Reaction from Tuesday's 3-2 victory over the Astros. Plus, Beltre finally ends his home run drought.
On deck: Martin Perez faces Dallas Keuchel in a battle of left-handers at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Question of the day: Are you concerned about Yu Darvish after he failed to make it through six innings for the second straight start?
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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.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
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.