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Rain Washes Out Big Effort

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    Mitch Moreland in Oct., 2010.

    The Texas Rangers were in dire need of a win on Wednesday afternoon, facing division rival Oakland at home in a rubber game looking to win their first series since April 24.

    They seemed to be well on their way to getting that win behind a good start from Matt Harrison (something we hadn't seen in a while) and an explosive third inning that featured two bases-loaded walks, an RBI double from Andres Blanco and a grand slam from Mitch Moreland to give Texas a 7-0 lead going into the fourth.

    In the fourth inning, the game was delayed due to the storms that hit the area, and a couple of hours later it was postponed with no make-up date set.

    Of course, MLB rules say if a game is called before five complete innings the game is wiped from history as if it never happened. Five innings or more? Then it counts as a game.

    That means the Rangers don't get their win, their series win or a seat back in second place in the AL West.

    Mitch Moreland doesn't get his grand slam. The big winner from Wednesday was Gio Gonzalez, the accomplished A's starter who got rocked by Texas and was pulled in the third inning. He skates and his ERA is now untarnished.

    Though none of the numbers count, the Rangers can take some confidence from Wednesday's "game", especially Harrison, and don't be shocked when Ron Washington rolls out with his funky lineup for the third straight game on Friday when the Rangers open a key home series against the division-leading Los Angeles Angels.