Texas Rangers: Trevor Cahill

Matchup No. 2: Yu Darvish vs. Trevor Cahill

May, 27, 2013
5/27/13
7:20
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PHOENIX -- The Texas Rangers (32-19) look to avoid being swept in the split doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks (29-22) when ace right-hander Yu Darvish opposes right-hander Trevor Cahill at 8:40 p.m. CT on Monday on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. Arizona won the day’s first game 5-3.

Darvish (7-2, 2.84):

The 26-year-old is scheduled to make his team-high 11th start of the season ... will be working on extended five days' rest in his first interleague game of 2013 ... suffered hard-luck loss in his last start on Tuesday, a 1-0 defeat to Oakland (6 IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 5SO, 1HR, 101 pitches/56 strikes) … his seven wins are tied for second in the American League, trailing only Tampa Bay RaysMatt Moore ... leads the majors with 91 strikeouts and 12.29 SO/9 ratio ... has struck out 34.7 percent of batters faced this season (91 of 262) ... third in majors with American League-best .179 opponents' batting average ... his .109 opponents' batting average on the road (10-92) is the best in the bigs, by almost 50 points (.155 Kershaw) ... has never faced the D-backs ... has majors' second highest run support average (8.24) ...is 1-for-3 at the plate in his major league career, all at-bats coming in a win at the San Diego Padres on June 20, 2012.

Cahill (3-2, 2.81): Cahill is making his 11th start of the season ... in his last start, he allowed a season-high-tying four runs in six innings during a 4-1 loss at the Colorado Rockies ... making his 16th career start against Texas, first with Arizona; his teams are 11-4 in his previous starts ... has allowed four earned runs or less in 28 straight starts since June 27, 2012, the longest current active streak in the majors ... in six home games, is 1-3 with 2.50 ERA ... second in majors with .105 opponents' batting average with runners in scoring position (Matt Moore .071) ... is second in majors in ground ball pct. (71.4) and ground ball to fly ball ratio (2.50, 105:42) ... is 2-for-20 at the plate (.095) this season with a double, a triple and two RBIs.

Matchup: Darvish/Perez vs. Skaggs/Cahill

May, 27, 2013
5/27/13
10:47
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The Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks play a day-night doubleheader on Monday with right-hander Yu Darvish and left-hander Martin Perez going for the Rangers against Diamondbacks left-hander Tyler Skaggs and right-hander Trevor Cahill.

Game 1 starts at 2:40 p.m. while Game 2 is at 8:40 p.m. Both games are on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.

Game 1

Perez (first start):
Martin Perez makes his first start after the season, completely a trek back from a broken left wrist suffered during spring training ... The 21-year-old left-hander flew from Memphis to Phoenix to join the club ... Perez started last Tuesday in a rehab outing against Reno and had seven shutout innings, allowing three hits while throwing 77 pitches ... His last major league appearance was Oct. 1 against Oakland when he allowed four runs in four innings ... Perez was knocked out of a spring training game on March 3 when a line drive struck his left wrist ... He is a combined 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA for his four rehab starts for Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

Skaggs (first start):
Skaggs gets the call-up from Triple-A for the first game of Monday's doubleheader ... He was 4-5 with a 5.23 ERA for nine starts at Triple-A Reno ... He has a .263 opponents batting average with 54 strikeouts and 17 walks ... Skaggs entered 2013 as the Diamondbacks' No. 1 prospect by Baseball America ... He was Arizona's 2011 Organization Pitcher of the Year ... Skaggs was acquired in the same trade as standout pitcher Patrick Corbin in a deal that sent Dan Haren to the Los Angeles Angels ... Skaggs started six games for the D-backs last season, going 1-3 with a 5.83 ERA.

Game 2

Darvish (7-2, 2.84):
Darvish makes his 11th start of the season ... He leads all American League pitchers with 23 wins since the start of 2012 ... He took a tough loss on Tuesday against Oakland, allowing a run in six innings ... He threw 102 pitches after firing 130 pitches in his previous start against Detroit ... Darvish allowed his only run against the A's on a home run by Yoenis Cespedes, the fifth straight game the Rangers' ace has allowed a homer ... The loss to the A's ended a five-game-winning streak for Darvish .. Darvish is 11-2 with a 2.45 ERA for his last 16 regular-season starts ... He is facing the Diamondbacks for the first in his career.

Cahill (3-5, 2.81):
Cahill has been pitching well, 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in his last six starts ... He lost his last start 4-1 to the Colorado Rockies on May 22, allowing four earned runs in six innings ... He is 1-1 with a 1.07 ERA in his last four home games ... Among all pitchers at home since April 14 he ranks fourth in ERA behind Hiroki Kuroda (0.90) ... Cahill has allowed four earned runs or less in 28 starts since June 27, 2012 ... Cahill, in his second season with Arizona after three with Oakland, is 6-3 with a 2.90 ERA for his last 11 starts against the Rangers.

Hitters:
Adrian Beltre (9-for-26, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) has fared well against Cahill. Cody Ross has a hit in four at-bats against Darvish. Skaggs and Perez have never faced either opponent.

Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Trevor Cahill

September, 22, 2011
9/22/11
10:30
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The final game of this three-game series and six-game road trip features RHP Colby Lewis and RHP Trevor Cahill. The game starts at 2:37 p.m. Dallas time on FSSW and 103.3 FM ESPN. Join us for a live in-game chat, BTW. Here's a quick look at the matchup:

Lewis (13-10, 4.45 ERA): He got his 13th victory of the season Saturday at Safeco Field in Seattle, despite allowing six runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. He had seven strikeouts and one walk. ...He gave up four runs on four hits in the second inning and allowed a two-run homer to Mike Carp in the fifth. ...Lewis has won two straight starts thanks in part to 15 runs of support. ...He has a 7.94 ERA in his last five starts. ...Is 8-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 15 road starts this season, allowing more than four earned runs only twice all season. ...Lewis has won five of his last six decisions away from Arlington. ...Is 4-0 with a 2.83 ERA in five starts against Oakland this season. The four wins are tied for second-most ever in a single season by a Ranger against the A's since they moved to Oakland in 1968. Fergie Jenkins was 5-0 against them in 1974.

Cahill (11-14, 4.31 ERA): After struggling through August with an 0-4 mark and a 7.15 ERA, Cahill has improved a little so far this month. ...His last outing was a quality start against the Tigers, allowing three runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss. ...He beat the Rangers on Sept. 10 despite giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings. ...After going 6-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his first eight starts, Cahill is 5-14 with a 5.27 ERA in his last 24 starts (beginning May 15). ...He is 9-4 with a 2.69 ERA in 14 career starts vs. Texas. ...The only other A's pitcher with more wins against the Rangers is Barry Zito (17). In five starts this season vs. the Rangers he is 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA with nine walks and 21 strikeouts.

Hitters: Rangers with success off Cahill: Adrian Beltre (8-for-23, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs), David Murphy (9-for-33, HR, 3 RBIs). Players that have struggled: Nelson Cruz (4-for-21), Ian Kinsler (6-for-27), Mike Napoli (1-for-18) and Michael Young (7-for-33). ...The A's are hitting .209 as a team against Lewis. Daric Barton (2-for-19), Scott Sizemore (1-for-11) and Kurt Suzuki (4-for-21) have particularly struggled. ...Hideki Matsui (7-for-22, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Jemile Weeks (5-for-10) and Josh Willingham (5-for-16, 3 HRs, 4 RBIs) have hit Lewis well.

Upcoming matchups:

Fri. vs. Sea: LHP Matt Harrison (13-9, 3.42) vs. LHP Anthony Vasquez (1-4, 8.25), 7:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/TXA21
Sat. vs. Sea: RHP Alexi Ogando (13-8, 3.58) vs. RHP Feliz Hernandez (14-13, 3.32), 3:11 p.m., 103.3/1540/FOX
Sun. vs. Sea: LHP Derek Holland (15-5, 3.92) vs. LHP Charlie Furbush (3-6, 6.29), 2:05 p.m., 103.3/1540/FSSW

Rangers break through in sixth inning

August, 13, 2011
8/13/11
4:44
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The Rangers finally broke through against Trevor Cahill with a hit and a run, but an apparent blown call by second base umpire Ted Barrett limited Texas to one run.

Yorvit Torrealba had the Rangers' first hit of the game in the sixth, a single to right field. He later tried to steal second and seemed to avoid the tag of A's shortstop Eric Sogard but was called out, even though TV replays showed the tag was missed by about six inches. Torrealba and Rangers manager Ron Washington argued to no avail.

Endy Chavez, who was batting when Torrealba was called out, reached on a throwing error by Jemile Weeks and made it to second. Ian Kinsler brought him home with a double down the left-field line to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The A's have three errors in the game.

Meanwhile, Rangers starter Colby Lewis retired 17 straight batters before Weeks reached for the second time on a double to right in the bottom of the sixth. But Lewis ended the frame by striking out Scott Sizemore with a slider for his eighth strikeout of the game.

Rangers, A's engage in pitching duel

August, 13, 2011
8/13/11
4:00
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No score and just one hit through three innings between the Rangers and A's in Oakland.

The only hit so far is Jemile Weeks' leadoff triple on the first pitch he saw from Rangers starter Colby Lewis in the first. But Weeks was left stranded at third after Lewis retired the next three batters.

A's starter Trevor Cahill was perfect through three. Lewis has three strikeouts.

Harrison, Cahill duel under Texas sun

July, 10, 2011
7/10/11
3:16
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Harrison needed to be sharp, and through four innings, the Rangers’ left-hander had permitted only two Oakland hits.

The Rangers and A’s were scoreless after four innings in the final game before the All-Star break. Rangers Ballpark temperature at game time was 98 degrees.

With Trevor Cahill’s history of excellence against the Rangers, Harrison had to realize he couldn’t afford to make many mistakes today. Through four innings, Harrison had walked one and struck out four.

The first Oakland hit by Kurt Suzuki in the second inning was a slow roller on which third baseman Adrian Beltre had no play.

Josh Willingham took a Harrison delivery to the opposite field for a sharp single in the fourth.

The Rangers had four hits -- singles by Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz and David Murphy and a double by Elvis Andrus -- off Cahill through four innings. Texas was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Rapid Reaction: A's 7, Rangers 2

May, 9, 2011
5/09/11
9:50
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It wasn’t just the home run to Josh Willingham that ruined C.J. Wilson’s night.

As it turned out, one run wouldn’t have beaten Wilson.

But the Rangers’ left-hander issued two walks preceding Willingham’s 402-foot blast into the left-field stands.

And a 3-0 deficit against Trevor Cahill, the way the A’s right-hander is throwing these days, is pretty close to Game Over.

Cahill was great again (seven innings, five hits, one run), the Rangers bullpen faltered late and Oakland took the series opener, 7-2, Monday night before 24,375 at Rangers Ballpark.

The slumping Rangers (18-18), losers of seven of their last nine, find themselves back where they started the season, with a .500 record. That’s good for only third place behind the AL West-leading Angels because Oakland, with its win, passed Texas in the standings.

Wilson encountered little trouble in the first two innings and quickly recorded a pair of outs in the third. Then the walks, first to left-handed hitting Daric Barton and then to Conor Jackson.

Willingham was able to play only because he appealed a major league baseball suspension for contact with an umpire Saturday in Kansas City. He finished with two of the A’s four hits and five RBIs.

In seven innings plus two batters in the eighth, Wilson allowed only two hits, but was charged with five runs, all earned, thanks to five walks. Ron Washington went to the bullpen when Wilson hit Coco Crisp and walked Daric Barton in the eighth. Both scored on a single by Willingham off reliever Ryan Tucker.

Texas outhit Oakland, 9-4.

* Bullpen problems carried over from Sunday. Tucker faced four batters in the eighth and wasn’t able to get an out. He walked two, allowed a two-run single to Willingham and an RBI double to Kurt Suzuki. He inherited two runners and both scored.

* Defensive play of the night: David Murphy for his catch while banging into the left-field wall in the eighth inning. Murphy went a long way to chase down a drive off the bat of Mark Ellis.

* Defensive play No. 2: A close second was a double play in the eighth started by a flashy glove flip by shortstop Elvis Andrus. The Rangers turned three double plays.

* Mitch Moreland, starting in right field for the 14th time, is looking very comfortable. Moreland made a nice play in the first inning racing to his left to hold Barton to a single.

He also looked pretty comfortable at the plate when he led off the fifth inning with a 368-foot home run to right field for the Rangers’ first run off Cahill, cutting the A’s lead to 3-1.

* Manager Ron Washington alluded to Andrus’ growth as a base stealer in his meeting with the press on Monday. Last year, Andrus stole 17, but was thrown out 15 times. Andrus’ swipe of second base in the first inning was his 11th of the season and he still has not been caught. You can hear Andrus talk about it here.

* Julio Borbon extended his hitting streak to nine games with a third-inning bunt single. Cahill’s sidearm throw evaded first baseman Barton.

Loose but serious Tommy Hunter set

October, 19, 2010
10/19/10
9:45
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NEW YORK -- Mitch Moreland and Tommy Hunter were drafted in 2007 by the Texas Rangers. They roomed together during short-season ball in Spokane, Wash., and again this year when Hunter was sent down to Triple-A after recovering from an injury. They're good friends with high hopes for long big league careers.

Moreland knows Hunter will be ready when the Rangers' rotund right-hander makes his ALCS debut tonight against the New York Yankees with a chance to give his team a commanding 3-1 lead.

"Tommy won't feel any pressure. He’ll be ready to go. He’s a competitor," Moreland said. "When he steps on the mound, he’s going to go out and pitch his game. That’s just the way Tommy is."

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezRangers Game 4 starter Tommy Hunter, who won 13 games this season, knows how to stay loose.
Hunter won 13 games during the regular season, and he's 22-12 in his first two years as a starter. One has to wonder what those numbers would be like if he pitched a full season in 2009, when he went 9-6 with a 4.10 ERA, and if he hadn't suffered a left oblique strain during spring training that delayed his first 2010 start until early June.

Hunter, though, dwells on only one number: 16.36.

"That’s something you don’t forget," Hunter said of his 2008 ERA in three starts with the Rangers. The club kept Hunter on the move that year, jumping from Bakersfield, Calif., to Frisco, Texas, to Oklahoma City and finally to the big club, where he went 0-2.

"When you get knocked down, you remember the times you get knocked down," Hunter said. "You also remember the times when you come back from that. I think I was pretty good in July [2009]. I don’t know exactly the stats, but I don’t think I lost. Those first five starts I think I was 4-0, something like that."

Once he got back to the Rangers in 2010 -- and he was not thrilled to start the season in Triple-A -- he went 8-0 over his first 10 starts to become the first Texas pitcher ever to begin a season 8-0 exclusively as a starter.

While this will be Hunter's first career start at Yankee Stadium, he faced the Yankees in Arlington on Sept. 11. He struck out a career-high eight, incluing Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano in succession in the third inning.

Despite that stat, Hunter is not a strikeout pitcher. Hunter doesn't have dominating or overpowering stuff, but when he's on he has tremendous control. He mixes between fastballs, curves and cutters. When he's not totally on or when he starts to lose control, Rangers manager Ron Washington said it's easy to spot.

He spotted it in the fourth inning of Hunter's lone postseason start, the Game 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. Hunter didn't return for the fifth inning, although he didn't pitch badly, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, striking out seven and walking none.

"He got to the point where he started elevating the baseball," Washington said. "You can’t elevate against good teams. His game is not power. His game is command. If he can command the baseball, hit his spots, I think he’ll be successful."

Hunter is something of the clubhouse clown. He jokes around, has fun and sometimes maybe puts his maturity level to the test. Washington called him "loosey-goofy" but then stated, "At least he’s not tight. I’d rather have loose and goofy than tight."

Don't think he's not serious when he needs to be. Just like he remembers 16.36 more than his 22 career victories, Hunter is almost consumed by making sure he sticks in the big leagues. He was in competition for a rotation spot in spring training until the oblique injury. It hit him hard when the team sent him to Oklahoma City instead of keeping him with the big club when he returned from the injury.

"Anytime you go from green pastures to mud, you’re not going to like it," Hunter said.

And despite his 13 wins and 3.73 ERA this season, he remembers the nickname most people don't know rather than the one that everyone knows: Big Game.

That nickname, Hunter said, has no real basis. It's just a convenient tag to put in front of his surname.

"My nickname in the training room is 'Spot,'" Hunter said. "Yeah, I’m a spot starter, every fifth day. That’s the way I’ve looked at it. It kind of creates a challenge for me personally. I am at the end of the rotation. I’m not a front-line guy. Would I like to be? Yeah. Anybody that plays this game wants to be in the front, wants to be a go-to guy. But right now, it’s just you got to fight for a job every fifth day and that’s what I try to do."

Washington said he gave thought to starting lefty Derek Holland instead of Hunter for Game 4, which would seem to feed Hunter's belief -- real or imagined -- that his place in the Texas rotation is not a certainty. That seems strange for a pitcher whose winning percentage (.765) was the best in the American League this season and whose 13 victories after the beginning of June were tied for fourth-most in the majors behind CC Sabathia (17), Trevor Cahill (14) and Roy Halladay (14).

"I’m still fighting that battle right now," Hunter said. "I don’t know if it's with anybody or me personally. It’s one of those things."

He'll take his internal struggle to the hill tonight against one of the most feared lineups in baseball in front of a vocal, sold out crowd in one of the game's most intimidating parks. And that's when the loosey, goofy Hunter re-emerges.

"We have been doing this since 5 years old," Hunter said. "I had moms screaming at me when I was 12. That's probably more intimidating than people I don't know. Just another game really. That's how I'm going to treat it at least."

Rangers finish trip with close loss to A's

August, 8, 2010
8/08/10
6:50
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Manager Ron Washington said he had the situation he wanted in the ninth inning. Vladimir Guerrero, pinch hitting for Julio Borbon, was up with runners at first and second and one out in a 3-2 game.

"We get a hit right there and things are different," Washington said. "It didn't happen."

Guerrero grounded into a double play to end the game. It ended a road trip that outfielder Josh Hamilton referred to as "just OK," with the club going 4-5 and losing one game of its lead over the A's. Texas is now 7.5 games up on Oakland.

The Rangers had a chance to increase the divisional lead on Sunday and looked in position to do that after the top of the sixth inning. Texas scored two runs, thanks to a an error that put Elvis Andrus on base and a single from Josh Hamilton scored him. Hamilton was able to get to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly from Nelson Cruz.

But Colby Lewis, who put a runner on in all six innings he pitched and worked out of trouble for most of the afternoon, wasn't able to get the shutdown inning.

"It seemed like there were runners in scoring position in every inning and I thought I was going to get out of it again," Lewis said. "I made a decent pitch to Davis and he got it up a little bit to get that run in. I'm not real upset with anything else. It's just one of those things where I threw too many pitches and put too many guys on to where I couldn't go longer."

In a strange scheduling quirk, Lewis had to face Trevor Cahill for the fourth time this season. And for the fourth straight time, Cahill beat him. It's become difficult enough that Washington felt two runs had to be enough against Cahill, who is now 6-1 with a 1.54 ERA against Texas in his career (eight starts) and 16-16 with a 4.19 ERA against everybody else.

Once again, the offense didn't generate much. Outside of that sixth inning, they had just three hits. They scored a total of nine runs in the series. Michael Young was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and was 4-for-38 (.105) on the road trip. The bottom third of the Rangers order was 0-for-11 with a walk on Sunday.

Other reaction:

* Darren Oliver hasn't been the same pitcher after the All-Star break that he was before. Oliver had a 5.68 ERA after the break coming into the game in 6 1/3 innings. And he allowed two hits, including a run-scoring double off the bat of Coco Crisp to tie the score. The A's took the lead for good moments later. Both runs were charged to Oliver.

"I wish I could make an excuse, but there is no excuses," Oliver said. "I still feel good, but it's baseball -- you go through streaks like that," Oliver said. "I don't have an explanation. I try to go out there and do the best I can."

* Washington said that when Mike Maddux went to the mound in the seventh, umpire Joe West came up to tell Maddux that he wasn't going to let him stall to give Darren O'Day more time to warmup. Washington said West came up to "show he's the boss."

Washington said when Maddux left the dugout O'Day wasn't ready but moments later he was. So Washington was yelling at Maddux to go ahead and make the change. It's rare that Maddux makes a pitching change, but Washington said the club would have switched pitchers whether West had gone to the mound or not.

* Washington planned to go with Vladimir Guerrero pinch-hitting for Julio Borbon in the ninth if someone got on and he stuck with that. He felt Guzman could do something and, in fact, he drew a walk to put two men on base for Guerrero.

* Elvis Andrus said his hand is fine. He said the ball grazed it as he was hit at home plate and he shook it off before arriving at first after trainer Jamie Reed took a look at it.

* Josh Hamilton was 2-for-4 and is hitting .406 over his last 25 games. He's reached base safely in 55 of his last 60 games. He's hitting .388 (19-for-49) against the A's this season.

A quick look at the Oakland A's

August, 6, 2010
8/06/10
10:30
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SEATTLE -- Manager Ron Washington has always seen the A's as a team that can pose a threat in the AL West.

"It's not the same Oakland A's team of the last few years," Washington said. "They can beat you in many ways. They have some power, lots of speed, contact hitters and good pitching. They pitch really well and that keeps them in ballgames."

The stats back that up. ESPN Stats & Information prepared a brief set of numbers on the A's. Take a look. It might help you get prepared for tonight's game and the three-game series this weekend:

* Oakland as an AL-best 2.98 ERA after the break, three complete games (which were back-to-back-to-back) and no blown saves. BTW, in the first half of the season, OAK had just two complete games and eight blown saves.

* A’s starting pitchers are 16-8 with a 3.03 ERA (73 ER in 216.2 IP) over the last 33 games. Pitching overall has allowed two earned runs in 11 of last 20 games.

* Oakland has limited the number of home runs allowed. They’ve allowed just 10 since the break and opponents have had a multi-homer game just once in the last 20 games (that one game happened to be against the Rangers, July 29 they hit 2 HR vs OAK)

* As for the pitchers we'll see in this series: Lee is 4-2 (2.26 ERA, .202 BA) against the A’s. One of Rich Harden's top starts this season was in Oakland on May 3: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, season-high 9 K (only start this season in which he did not walk a batter).

* Trevor Cahill starts Sunday for Oakland and he’s 5-1 in his career against the Rangers (this season, 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in three starts).

Ranger Reax: Hurdle expects adjustments

July, 28, 2010
7/28/10
10:42
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle said his club is going through one of those stretches where the hits aren't quite coming as often as they should. Despite the sweltering heat in Arlington, the Rangers' offense is in a cold spell. They have 17 runs in the last 64 innings and are averaging just 2.6 runs per game in this homestand.

The good news: Texas is 4-2 in Arlington in that stretch. But they weren't able to put any runs on the board Wednesday until the ninth inning when it was already 3-0 A's. In the process, they couldn't cash in on a chance to go 9.5 games up on both the A's and Angels in the AL West.

"I think it's a combination of we're seeing good pitching, but we're at home and we need to find a way to stay focused, use the big part of the field and be patient and stay with our strengths," Hurdle said. "There has been some times where we've had some guys get outside themselves some."

Hurdle says sometimes the lineup is getting on a "pull mode" instead of going with pitches.

"We need to continue to focus on the things that have brought us success at this point," Hurdle said. "It's a grind. Hitting is contagious and non-hitting is contagious. We just have to stay focused on our strengths, have better at-bats, see more pitches."

Hurdle gave Trevor Cahill a lot of credit and noted that he was throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes, making a patient approach more difficult. Michael Young was complimentary of Cahill, too, but feels like the offense can do better.

"We expect to score no matter who we're facing," Young said. "We have a lot of respect for the pitchers we've faced, but nothing is more important than the way we think about ourselves. We expect to score. It's our job to score no matter who we're facing. We'll come out and make some adjustments."

David Murphy sees a team just not quite getting the key hit often enough.

"You go through these streaks a few times a year," Murphy said. "It happens with every team. We know we'll start putting up some runs and having better at-bats. We're facing quality pitching. But it's time to challenge ourselves and come out and do what we're capable of."

Other reax:

* Young said from a defensive standpoint that it "wasn't our cleanest game." Texas had three errors, tying a season high. Two of them came from the outfield. Josh Hamilton bobbled a ball after getting to it and Nelson Cruz wasn't able to transfer from his glove to his hand. Both errors allowed baserunners to advance and both scored. "Josh was trying to make a quick play against Coco Crisp, who is fast, and Nelson played the bounce and didn't grab it all the way," manager Ron Washington said. "I can live with that because I know I won't see that every night."

* Vladimir Guerrero got his second RBI in as many nights and did so on a hard-hit ball. He had gone nine games without an RBI before the A's series. "We don't worry about Vlad," Young said. "He just needs some more at-bats and he'll be barreling balls more often again."

* Colby Lewis was solid again. He said he had good fastball location,but hung a slider that Kurt Suzuki turned on for the homer that gave the A's the lead. "If I bury that, he's out," Lewis said. "You move forward. You keep giving quality starts, and that's all you can do is keep your team in the game."

* Cahill deserves a bunch of credit. He likes pitching against Texas. He's now 5-1 with a 1.83 ERA in seven career starts against the Rangers. "It was like he was throwing a bunch of split-fingers against us, but I guess it was changeups," Washington said. "He had great location." Cahill is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three starts in Arlington.

* Still no decision on whether Rich Harden will pitch on Saturday. The club is expected to decide something on Thursday. Washington said they just didn't get a chance to meet with everyone about it on Wednesday.

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Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
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HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182