Rangers follow loss with team meeting

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Texas Rangers followed up their 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday with a lengthy team meeting.

While no one wanted to divulge the specifics of the meeting, the general theme was simple. The Rangers need to get back to playing the kind of baseball that helped them build a big lead in the American League West.

What was not mentioned was frustration. That’s because despite losing four-straight games and struggling defensively, the Rangers aren’t frustrated.

“There’s no sense of frustration. But at the same time, we do want to make sure we’re back to our style of baseball,” said Michael Young.

And while the team’s lead in the American League West is down to 3 ½ games, the smallest it’s been in nearly a month, catcher Yorvit Torrealba isn’t concerned either.

He still believes that the Rangers are the team to beat.

“I don’t believe in frustration,” Torrealba said. “We’re the best team in baseball, period. Everything goes up and down, and we’re doing down right now. But we’re the best team in baseball. I’m sure a lot of people agree with that.”

Texas manager Ron Washington is eager to see how his team responds to the meeting Sunday.

“The message I want to keep to what was said to those guys in that clubhouse,” Washington said. “We’ll see if I made a difference tomorrow.”