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Monday, November 1, 2010
Rangers news goes from bad to worse


When it rains, it pours: Dustin Nippert's leading at the turn, which must have everyone associated with the Rangers turning cartwheels. Because the No. 1 ingredient in a three-game winning streak against a good team is a middle reliever with a strained relationship with the strike zone. Nothing like a couple of walks in the sixth inning to inspire the troops, don't you know.

Seriously, this is just another headache for Ron Washington. For most of the season, he was blessed with four excellent right-handed relievers: Ogando, Frank Francisco, Darren O'Day and Neftali Feliz.

Now he's down to just two. And he won't use one of them unless the Rangers are either protecting a tiny lead or trailing by six runs in the ninth.