ago." The Rangers entered play Thursday with the A.L.'s best record at33-24 and have the best winning percentage in the majors since the2011 All-Star break. Texas wins, apparently, everywhere but San Francisco. The Rangersare 0-11 at AT&T Park including the first two games of the 2010World Series. "Thank you for letting me know,' Washingtongrumbled, tongue-in-cheek. But wait, there's more: The Rangers are 2-14 all-time in SanFrancisco, dating back to the team's days at Candlestick Park. |
Maybe they'll feel more at home this time, now that they havebecome temporary residents of the city.. The Rangers have been inSan Francisco since Sunday night, when they arrived for a four-gameseries against the A's. Hamilton joked that he would fool himself into making thetransition from one opponent to the next by seeing a movie Thursdaynight. That way, Hamilton explained, he could emerge from thedarkness "and imagine that our plane just landed." Hey, whatever works -- because so far, nothing has.
Even Hamilton,who is in the running for an MVP award to add to the won he won in2010, has looked mortal in San Francisco. He went 2 for 20 againstGiants pitching in the World Series, flopping right alongsideNelson Cruz (4 for 20), Ian Kinsler (3 for 16) and Elvis Andrus (3for 17) — all of whom are back for the rematch. In retrospect, Washington said the Giants' pitching dominance wasunderstandable. What befuddled him was just about everything else.
"The (Giants) were supposed to be slow on defense but they made allthe plays,' he said. "They weren't supposed to be very goodhitters but they got a lot of clutch hits. "Renteria wasn't supposed to have any range; he was roaming allover the place. His bat was supposed to be slow.
He got hits, bighits. "They did everything that you could possibly do to win a WorldSeries. They did it. And they did it well." The Rangers didn't fare much better against the A's this week,losing three of four and totaling only four runs in those defeats.Before Thursday's series finale, Washington was asked if he mightshake up his lineup. "Shake up? Shake up how? I can't shake these guys up,' he scoffed."All I can do is saddle up and ride.
Sometimes they're going to hitsome mud. And sometime they're going to find dry track and we'regoing to run away." Washington can usually ride Hamilton, his own Triple Crown threat,but the outfielder is only 4 for 29 on the Rangers' trip. He hasyet to homer in June. Now, he will look to break out of his slump in a ballpark wherefans will be eager to remind the Rangers about those fateful eventsof October of 2010.
"For me, it's just another game,' Hamilton said, noting the Giantsand Rangers have already faced each other during spring training."It's just a game on the schedule to hopefully get back to where wewant to be, which (is) where we were in 2010. "Fans get way more excited than we do, which is good for the game.Hopefully, it will be good for the game this weekend and a lot ofpeople show up and watch." Contact Daniel Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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