Whatever he said, manager Ron Washington declared after Sundays sixth loss in a row, it was none of our business.Or as losing pitcher Derek Holland described the Texas Rangers closed-door exhortation from Washington, Thats for us. Thats not for you guys. Im leaving it at that.Who calls a meeting on Fathers Day?An angry manager, it seems. A manager, known for his colorful vernacular, who apparently had something colorful to say to his reeling baseball team.The skipper refused to be any more specific.Something I just thought they needed to hear from the manager that was it, Washington said.He could have started lots of places, to be frank. The hitting. The pitching. The eerie stranglehold that has gripped the Rangers lately whenever theyve gotten a runner into scoring position.In the 15 games since June 1, the Rangers have scored more than three runs only three times. With a nod toward that movie classic Major League, it may be time to sacrifice a chicken.When asked if he had ever seen anything like the Rangers are going through, Washington snapped back, Of course. It happens everywhere. The thing is, youve just got to stay in the fight. Youve got to keep believing. Youve got to stay positive.The personnel in that room, for the first two months, they proved what they can do. Its just that when we hit June, things went wrong.The injuries that sent Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland to the disabled list seem to have disrupted whatever blissful balance the Rangers enjoyed in the seasons first two months. Washington has juggled his lineup. Rookie Jurickson Profar led off Sunday and Kinsler was in the No. 3 spot. Washington also has infused the lineup with youth. Sundays game was Profars 22nd since he was called up May 20. Young outfielder Leonys Martin was playing in his 58th game.For the third day in a row, however, the Rangers lost to a soft-tossing Toronto Blue Jays pitcher. Chien-Ming Wang, hammered by Chicago in his only other start this season, seldom broke 90 mph on the radar gun Sunday, but he held the Rangers scoreless over seven innings.No more lineup changes are coming, Washington said.No, the guys that are in that lineup and where they are sitting right now, those are my guys, he said. Im certainly not going to take the middle of my lineup and put it on the bottom. Their job is to drive the bus, and Im going to allow them an opportunity to drive the bus. Theyre struggling right now, but I believe in them, and were going to move forward.Washs pep talk didnt fall upon deaf ears.Hes the boss, shortstop Elvis Andrus said. He always has our back, and we have his back, too. I think its a great time to go out there and start executing.He didnt mention any names, but the division-leading Oakland Athletics are in town for a four-game series beginning Monday night. We know going into this series how big it is, Holland said. We hate Oakland, and they hate us. Thats just how it is. Were not going to let this affect us. Tomorrow is a new day. The sun is still going to come up. Weve just got to get ourselves ready to go and take on Oakland.Andrus seemed to hint that one theme of Washingtons postgame homily was playing hard a concept that can be hard to discern when a lineup suddenly goes dormant for two weeks.Play hard thats what he wanted to see, Elvis said.With the As in town, though, it may be time for that chicken.
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