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Dropping Game One Just Latest Bit of Adversity for Rangers

By Steve Hunt/

On the surface, the Rangers blowing a five-run lead and dropping Game One of their American League Championship Series with the Yankees, 6-5 on Friday night in Arlington looks like quite a demoralizing loss. 

Were it not for an epic meltdown by the Texas bullpen in the eighth inning where the Yankees crossed home plate five times to take their first and only lead of the evening, this one might have turned out differently. 

The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the home half of the first when Josh Hamilton hit one just barely over the right field fence for a three-run jack, a knock that sent the capacity crowd in Arlington into an absolute frenzy.

And when Texas added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a two-run double by Michael Young to take a 5-0 lead, there was almost a sense of a huge weight about to be lifted off this franchise as in their first-ever playoff win at home.

But it wasn