ARLINGTON, Texas The Texas Rangers had everything going for them when they started their seven game homestand last Friday.
Backed by the hottest player in the American League, the Rangers took two of three games from rival Los Angeles in their first matchup of the season in front of packed houses at Rangers Ballpark.
The packed houses continued for series against Kansas City and Oakland but the good baseball didn't.
The stand came to an end with a whimper Thursday as Oakland topped the Rangers 5-4 in 10 innings, giving Texas three in four games as they head out on the road.
It was an ugly way to end too as Matt Harrison struggled early and the Rangers lineup failed throughout in the clutch as the Rangers led 14 runners on base and were just 1 of 12 with runners in scoring position.
Maybe getting out of Arlington will be a good thing.
"It was rough," Harrison said of the homestand. "We've got to move past it and do a better job. Sometimes you're going to have series like that...