Found August 06, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
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In the aftermath of losing slugger Nelson Cruz to a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, some suggested it couldn't have happened at a worse time. Those folks apparently haven't taken a look at the upcoming schedule. The Rangers have been given the gift of a soft schedule in August that features 26 games against teams that currently have records below .500. Losing Cruz is certainly a blow to a team that has been remarkably dependent on the home-run ball, but it's wrong to say all hope is lost. The Rangers have spent the past couple of seasons trying to change their identity from a run-scoring monster to a pitching haven. The latter part always seemed like an impossible goal because of where the team plays its home games. But when you lose Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young in the same offseason, you have no choice but to find a different way to win. It's stunning to see the Rangers ranked ninth in the A.L. in runs scored, but ...
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