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Rangers' bats whiffing on consistency

Road trip highlights lineup's struggle to pull together as Texas slips to second place

Updated: May 5, 2010, 9:52 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- When it comes to offense, the Texas Rangers seem to lack cohesion.

Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz shouldered a huge load early in the season and others, such as shortstop Elvis Andrus, have sprinkled in help here and there. But there's no consistency throughout the lineup.

"It's not together," said Josh Hamilton, who has picked up his play the last few weeks but was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics. "It's sporadic. ...

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