ARLINGTON -- The 72 errors committed by the Texas Rangers this year are hard to overlook.
The Rangers are willing to do that because they know that despite leading the major leagues in miscues, the team has the ability to be a good defensive team.
"I still feel it," said Rangers manager Ron Washington, whose team made three errors and allowed four unearned runs in a 6-4 loss to Florida on Sunday night. "Once again, they've got to go out there and get it done. Talking about it is not going to get it done."
That sentiment is shared by the players in the clubhouse.
No one wants to have the worst-ranked defense statistically, even if that number is a little misleading.
While the Rangers have made more errors than any other team, they also rank 10th in the majors in defensive efficiency. That stat measures the rate at which a ball put in play is converted into an out.
Still, the 48 unearned runs allowed by Texas is the most in the majors and is just three shy of the total allowed by the Rangers all last season.
The timing of the errors this year has been key, as was the case Sunday. An error charged to Elvis Andrus in the eighth inning paved the way for four unearned runs in the inning.
"I'm not an excuse guy," said Andrus, who has made 16 errors. "When you make an error, it happens, there's nothing we can do about it. As a team we have to be better. We focus on hitting. We need do to do the same thing on defense. We try to do so much that we sometimes forget to make the routine plays."
The Andrus error Sunday night -- on a slow chopper by Hanley Ramirez -- wasn't exactly routine but Washington said the play should have been made.
There's little doubt the Rangers have talent defensively. Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been a highlight machine and has two Gold Gloves, but he also has the third-most errors by any American League third baseman with 11.
Ian Kinsler has good range, but is second among major league second baseman with seven errors.
"We're not playing to our capabilities but that doesn't mean we're a bad defensive team," Kinsler said. "We can pick it up. There are all kinds of errors. Errors are going to happen and we make too many of them. We just need to adjust."