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Abrupt ending to Rangers after 2 World Series

By Stephen Hawkins

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Oct. 6 2012 3:25 p.m. MDT

Texas Rangers catcher Luis Martinez, left, and relief pitcher Alexi Ogando, right, clear out their lockers in the team clubhouse Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. Manager Ron Washington was shocked and Josh Hamilton was getting booed. After two consecutive World Series, and twice getting within one strike of a title last year, the Rangers didn't even win a playoff game this time.

Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was in shock, slugger Josh Hamilton got booed and pitcher Yu Darvish wasn't sure what to do next.

After going to two World Series in a row, then being in first place for a majors-high 178 days this season, the Rangers never expected and ending like this.

The Rangers are done without winning a game in October. That includes the three-game sweep at Oakland, part of 4-9 finish and cost them the AL West crown on the final day of the regular season. They then lost 5-1 to upstart Baltimore Orioles in the AL's first one-and-done wild-card playoff.

Closer Joe Nathan said Saturday, while cleaning out his locker, that the Rangers unfortunately picked the worst time for their worst slump of the season.

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