Rangers bats produce much-needed ‘W’

by Dan M | Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

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By Chad Conine

It seems crazy to write this, but the Rangers really needed to beat the Diamondbacks today.

Well, it doesn’t seem crazy because any team, no matter its record, could stand to end a three-game skid. But it still seems a little crazy because even after losing in extra innings against the Mariners on Sunday and then losing both ends of a doubleheader against the Diamondbacks on Monday, the Rangers entered Thursday with the best record in the American League. However, they were also looking pretty beaten up. It was easy to predict an injury-riddled and generally tired team would struggle to win either game of the doubleheader at Arizona.

Now the Royals come to town, which should help the Rangers gain momentum to close out May and start June. Thay’re going to need it as the June schedule includes road trips to Boston, St. Louis and New York and home series against the Indians and A’s.

Oakland is sneaking up. Even after losing to the Giants while the Rangers won on Thursday, the A’s trail the Rangers by just three games. Meanwhile the Angels have won nine of 11. Sure, they’re still nine games back, but it’s a sign of life.

So it was nice to see David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Jurickson Profar and others rocking the ball at The Ballpark. It was also nice to see Justin Grimm and Neal Cotts do enough work on the mound to make sure the Rangers’ 9 runs stood up to get the win.

That’ll help the Rangers breathe easier going into a crucial month.

(Photo by Chad Conine)

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