The Texas Rangers have gotten used to playing more than 162 games and into October.
This time, they only got an extra regular-season game - and didn't even get in the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Texas won at least 90 games for the fourth year in a row, even with suspended slugger Nelson Cruz missing 50 games and opening-day starter Matt Harrison pitching only twice. But the Rangers are already done.
''We played 163 games. In the past four years, our season was never over until 162 games were over,'' manager Ron Washington said Tuesday. ''I think that's an accomplishment is itself. The only thing I feel is disappointment that we expected to do more and it just didn't happen.''
The first day of October was set aside for Rangers players to clean out their lockers instead of preparing for a playoff game. Texas (91-72) lost the AL wild-card tiebreaker 5-2 Monday night to Tampa Bay, the only other team to win at least 90 games the past four seasons.
There was an empty ...