Rangers learn tough lesson

After two pennants and no titles for Texas, "that's the way baseball go"

Updated: October 29, 2011, 1:47 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has a popular phrase that summarizes the fickle and occasionally arbitrary nature of the national pastime. "That's the way baseball go," Washington is fond of saying.

But when the story of the 2011 Rangers is revisited in coming years, a different phrase will be recited ad nauseam: One strike away. Twice.

The Rangers set a franchise record with 96 victories this year, and drew a single-season high of 2,946,949 fans. They ...

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