ARLINGTON -- On the heels of a three-error game that featured three unearned runs in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday, Rangers manager Ron Washington seemed frustrated by his team's lack of execution on defense. "I wish I could take my 57-year-old [rear] out there and play," Washington said. "I'd catch them. But I can't." The Rangers lead the league in both errors and unearned runs entering Monday's game. The 48 unearned runs are in stark contrast to the 51 the team allowed in the entire 2010 season.
The team trots out the same defensive lineup as last year, for the most part, except the Rangers replaced Michael Young at third base with two-time Gold Glove winner Adrian Beltre. Washington takes pride in the way his team fields, and has been disappointed with it so far. "My pride hasn't changed," Washington said. "It does concern me, and I know it concerns them also, but I'm not between the lines. They are between the lines, and we know they have the ability to do it. They've just got to get it done."