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Kinsler Disappointed in Fan Turnout

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    2B Ian Kinsler.

    Ian Kinsler wasn't happy on Sunday afternoon after the Rangers had beaten the Angels 6-2 to notch their seventh straight win, forcing a tiebreaker game to get into Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game.

    Sure, he was thrilled with his team's victory, to which he contributed a big RBI single to get an insurance run. But that fan turnout? Not so much.

    The Rangers' announced attendance of 40,057 was short a sellout, and short of acceptable to Kinsler, who has never shied away from speaking his mind, especially when it comes to competing with the neighboring Cowboys for fans' attention.

    "I'm just a little disappointed this place wasn't sold out and rocking," Kinsler told Fox Sports Southwest. "I don't know what the deal is. We've been here trying to make our fourth-consecutive trip to the playoffs and it's a Sunday day game, the Cowboys are on the road, the fans are chanting 'Baseball town' and stuff like that, and we can't sell out."

    The fans were chanting "baseball town" at former Rangers slugger and current Angels dud Josh Hamilton after Hamilton made some comments over the offseason suggesting that DFW isn't a baseball town, but is instead a football town.

    It is Texas, after all. And that's likely true, but it was stupid of Hamilton to voice the opinion when he went somewhere with fewer fans.

    Whatever the case, Kinsler said he was disappointed even though he was appreciative of the fans who were at the key game on Sunday and hopes the fans fill Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for Monday's tiebreaker game against the Tampa Bay Rays, who the Rangers split a four-game set with a couple of weeks ago.

    "The fans that were here were amazing," he said. "They were allowed to chant 'Baseball town' because they were here supporting us. It was a little disappointing to see the place wasn't sold out today."