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Well, it was an interesting week for the Texas Rangers. Just one week ago, General Manager Jon Daniels was threatening major changes if something did not change. The Rangers poor performance to start the season was entirely unacceptable, and if it continued, moves would be made. What, exactly, those moves would be was a matter of conjecture, but the Rangers were officially on notice. How would they respond?
As it turned out, the Rangers responded better than even Daniels would likely have expected. They swept the, at the time, white hot Houston Astros before splitting their series against the Tampa Bay Rays. A 5-2 week is certainly impressive at any point in time, but given how poorly April went, it was exactly what the Rangers needed.
Even though the Rangers are still 13-18, they have climbed out of the cellar in the American League West. In fact, they find themselves only a game behind the Los Angeles Angels for second in the division. With Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland set to return to the lineup soon, the Rangers may be able to go on a bit of a run.
So, which players were a crucial part of the Texas Rangers success last week? Which players struggled, as the Rangers were able to overcome their issues and win anyway? Let us take a look back at the week that was in Arlington, as we see which players were hot, and which were not.
Let us begin with those who struggled last week.
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