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Rangers in Search of Early Runs

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    The Texas Rangers are somehow 2-1 after it seemed their season was all but over following their 14-10 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day. It's funny how baseball happens sometimes, huh?

    The Rangers' two wins on Tuesday and Wednesday were both of the walkoff variety in the bottom of the ninth inning when the offense suddenly came to life after innings of futility. That's not going to happen every night, so just forget about it.

    The Rangers have to start scoring some early runs, which is something they didn't do a great job of in 2013, as evidenced by the fact that they led the league in comeback victories. Now, both of their wins have been of the comeback variety, and the team has only led after three of the 27 innings they've played so far this year.

    The Rangers addressed the problem this winter, adding table-setter Shin-Soo Choo as the club's leadoff hitter and bolstering the heart of their order with the trade for Prince Fielder to hit third in the lineup. So far, the new lineup has worked wonders, getting plenty of serious threats early in games, but so far they haven't materialized.

    In Wednesday's win over the Phillies, the Rangers were down 1-0 before they even got an at-bat and then promptly got hits from Choo and Elvis Andrus to put runners on second and third with no outs. Of course, they ended up getting nothing out of the threat and needed three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win on a walkoff walk from Choo.