Toronto (59-81) at Texas (75-64)

Cloudy Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 60° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Sep 10, 2004
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The Texas Rangers squandered a golden opportunity to make up some ground in the AL West.

They’ll try to put a disappointing series behind them as they open a three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Ameriquest Field in Arlington.

The Rangers lost 7-3 to the White Sox on Thursday, dropping their third in a four-game series with Chicago. Texas has lost nine of its last 11 and is just 26-27 since the All-Star break.

Despite their recent woes, the Rangers are six games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West, and four games back of second-place Anaheim. They trail Boston by nine games in the AL wild-card race.

The Athletics were swept in three games by the Red Sox over the weekend and have lost four straight overall. However, the Rangers made up only a half-game in the standings during that slump.

“We have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but our guys will figure it out,” Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s not from a lack of work or effort. I have a long memory. I know how we got to this point.”

Kevin Mench and Brian Jordan each homered Thursday for the Rangers, who committed three errors. Texas has 19 errors in its last 17 games, including a season-high five in a 7-4 loss to the White Sox on Monday.

The Blue Jays beat the Angels 5-4 on Thursday for their fourth win in seven games. Carlos Delgado homered, capping a five-run third inning.

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104 K 98
96 BB 58
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