ARLINGTON, Texas While the Rangers' overall picture improved with Thursday's 9-7 win over Oakland, concerns about set-up Mike Adams have blossomed.
Adams gave up three home runs in the eighth inning, after allowing just one home run all season.
In fact, Adams had never given up more than one home run in an appearance his entire career before now.
Rangers manager Ron Washington remained steadfast that he has no concerns about Adams as the division race winds down.
"He just had a bad day," Washington said. "Prior to today, Mike Adams has been nails."
Actually, Adams hasn't had a 1-2-3 inning since August 27. His velocity has dipped recently, indicating he could still be dealing with the right shoulder soreness that caused him to sit seven days in September.
Adams received a cortisone injection after allowing two hits and two walks and getting just two outs in a 26-pitch outing on Sept. 11.
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