Attendance was 51,746, the largest crowd ever at the Ballpark in Arlington. The previous mark was 51,573 on Opening Day in 2006 against the Red Sox. Pregame festivities were flawless with most of the sell-out crowd in the seats during the ceremonies. That suggests there were little in the way of traffic problems in the Arlington entertainment district, even though there was a college football game being played at the NFL stadium next door. Second baseman Ian Kinsler: "I know we had the lead twice, but they swung the bats better today." Kinsler has two home runs in three games after not hitting one in the final 15 games of the regular season. Reliever Darren Oliver lost for only the second time ever in postseason play. The other was Game 3 of the 1996 ALDS. That was the first playoff game ever at the Ballpark in Arlington and he was the starter, giving up two runs in the ninth inning in a 3-2 loss to the Yankees. Rangers pitchers had combined to throw 16 consecutive scoreless innings before the Rays scored in the sixth inning on Saturday. Catcher Bengie Molina, asked if he sensed rookie closer Neftali Feliz was nervous: "It wasn't anything like that. I went out there about the signs with a man on second. That was it. It wasn't the same as the other day. He couldn't find the zone early." Former Rangers Ken Hill, John Burkett, Mickey Tettleton and Mike Henneman will participate in first-pitch ceremonies on Sunday. Neal McCoy will sing the national anthem.
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