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Ron Washington steadies the ship

Rangers take gutsy manager's cue and refuse to hit panic button against Angels

Updated: August 27, 2011, 2:09 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Hours before the biggest series of the year (at least so far), Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was making jokes and laughing with the media in his office.

He did not look like a man in charge of a team that had been blown out for three consecutive games and watched its lead shrink to a mere two games in the American League West. He was relaxed and confident -- enough, in fact, to share his belief that his team wasn't scared of Ervin Santana and Jered Weaver on short ...

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