Coolbaugh expects Rangers' offense to improve

Coolbaugh expects Rangers' offense to improve

DETROIT -- Manager Ron Washington isn't happy with the Rangers' offensive execution lately. Hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh has the same concerns, but said the club is trying to address it.

"We work on it daily during batting practice," Coolbaugh said. "You go through periods where it doesn't happen ... for whatever reason. If everybody had an answer, we would be gurus. The guys are battling and working hard at it. We just need to focus on the fundamental part of the game, and eventually we will break through."

The Rangers lost to the Tigers by one run on Tuesday and Wednesday. In both games the Rangers had a runner on third with less than two outs and were unable to score. That's what has rankled Washington.

"The players are aware of it," Coolbaugh said. "The players know we haven't been efficient enough on the road trip. They'll be able to fix it because they know what to do. We're still scoring runs in other ways, but we've had chances to score runs in other ways and haven't been able to do it."

The Rangers have 30 sacrifice flies as a team entering Thursday, tied for sixth in the American League. There are other ways to get a runner home from third base with less than two outs, but they were second in the AL in sacrifice flies last season.