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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Extra Bases: Rangers scoreboard watching

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Anyone who says they're not scoreboard watching this week is lying.

It's as much a part of baseball as home runs, hot dogs and, in the Rangers' case, running the bases with reckless abandon.

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In the Rangers' case, it's unavoidable. They need help. And fast.

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?