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Friday, June 8, 2012
Return to San Francisco triggers World Series memories

By Jeff Fletcher

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Texas Rangers will be playing in one of baseball’s most scenic ballparks in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations this weekend, but it’s certain to bring back some bad memories.

The last time the Rangers played in San Francisco’s AT&T Park they were losing the first two games of the 2010 World Series, on the way to losing the series in five games.

Before Thursday’s game in Oakland, Texas manager Ron Washington described the lingering memories of his last visit to San Francisco’s ballpark.

“What I remember about it is the Giants played as good of baseball in those as they could. They were supposed to be slow on defense and they made all the plays. They weren’t supposed to be very good hitters and they got a lot of clutch hits. They were hot at the right time and it showed in the way they performed against us.

“They did everything you could possibly do to win a World Series. They did it and did it well. (Edgar) Renteria wasn’t supposed to have range and he was roaming all over the place. His bat was supposed to be slow and he got some huge hits. They just played an almost a perfect World Series against us.”

The Rangers have never won a game at AT&T Park. Besides the two World Series losses, they are 0-9, having been swept in three regular-season series at the park, in 2000, 2006 and 2009.