Collapsing Rangers threatening to join list of recent choke teams

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Ian Kinsler and the Rangers have lost seven straight and been run down by the Rays for the wild-card lead.

Ian Kinsler and the Rangers have lost seven straight and been run down by the Rays for the wild-card lead.

Right now the Rangers look every bit the tight team. Last night they held a players-only meeting before the game, but once the game started Ian Kinsler made two baserunning blunders, manager Ron Washington bunted his hottest hitter, Elvis Andrus, in the fourth inning, and the team's hitters continually chased pitches out of the strike zone. The Rangers lost to the Rays, 6-2. For a team that remains in playoff position, albeit by the thinnest of threads, Texas is fighting infamy as well as itself.