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June 17, 2013

MLB: Texas Rangers feel they're close to breaking out

ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers know they’re in a slump.

But they know they’re also close to breaking out.

The Rangers entered Monday’s series against the division-leading Oakland A’s on a six-game losing streak after being swept by the Toronto Blue Jays, but they feel they are just one big hit away.

“We are so close,” said left-handed pitcher Derek Holland, who took the loss on Sunday against the Blue Jays. “It’s going to happen. We are just one click away. It’s just a matter of who’s going to do it. We’re doing as much as we can.”

During the six-game losing skid, the Rangers have been outscored 35-8, leaving 11 runners on base in both Saturday and Sunday’s loses.

While the runs have been sparse, the hits have been there – though not necessarily for power. The Rangers have had 24 hits in three games over the weekend.

“We are hitting the ball,” Holland said. “We had nine hits (Sunday). They’re just making plays when they need to. We’re just one click away.”

The six-game losing streak is the first for the Rangers since the team did so from April 15-21, 2010 – they’d go on to their first World Series later that year.

“You have to continue to play hard,” Texas shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “That’s all you can do. You have to keep swinging hard, keep playing hard and make the adjustments you need to.”

Rangers manager Ron Washington spoke to the team after Sunday’s loss, though the message was kept behind closed doors.

While the team has scuffled with runners in scoring position during the skid, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning on Sunday as well as allowing a one-out, fifth inning double by Leonys Martin stranded, the team is looking forward to getting back on track.

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