10/03/10 6:41 PM ET
Rangers in no rush to set postseason roster
By Todd Wills / Special to MLB.com
"We want to make sure that any scenario that can come up, we want to make sure we have it covered," manager Ron Washington said. "We have an idea, but we just want to make sure. We don't have to do it until later, so we'll do it later."
Hamilton sees results after cutting swing loose
ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton said he watched video before Saturday's game and noticed that he was trying to just make contact instead of cutting loose at the plate. So he changed his mindset, and that helped him produce a home run, another hit and three RBIs in a 6-2 victory against the Angels.
"In my head I was telling myself, but my body wasn't responding," Hamilton said. "So I made an adjustment."
Hamilton also took live batting practice before Saturday's game off Triple-A Oklahoma City manager Bobby Jones because he wanted to hit off a left-hander (Hamilton had said he would only hit in the cage). He will likely hit in simulated games the next two days (the Rangers hit in the cages on Sunday morning).
Hamilton said he was feeling some soreness and tightness after "cutting it loose" Saturday night, but said he's not feeling any pain.
"It's something I can deal with," Hamilton said.
Big boost in attendance for Rangers in '10
ARLINGTON -- The American League West champions Rangers saw a boost in attendance this season, as their average crowd increased to its highest total since 2005.
The Rangers drew 2,505,171 fans for 81 home dates in 2010, an average of 30,928 per game. That's an average increase of 3,287 fans per game. The Rangers drew an average of 31, 565 in 2005.
The Rangers also saw their crowds get a boost as they ran away with the AL West title. The Rangers averaged 38,478 fans after the All-Star break.
"I'm thrilled with it," team president Nolan Ryan said. "I just think our fans have responded. With all the ups and downs, the fans have really supported us and gotten behind us."
Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Angels was also fan appreciation day, as players greeted the crowds as they came through the gates. The Rangers drew a crowd of 45,446 for Sunday's game against the Angels.
Manager Ron Washington said before the game that the fans played a big role in the Rangers winning the AL West title.
"They've been very important," Washington said. "There's nothing more gratifying than having fans in the stands, especially a Major League ballpark. A Major League ballpark with no fans is terrible."
Murphy improving, but he's still not running
ARLINGTON -- Injured outfielder David Murphy is playing the waiting game. His strained left groin doesn't bother him when he rolls out of bed or walks around his house, or -- most importantly -- when he swings a bat, but he still hasn't run.
Murphy said he will try to run on Monday, but the big day he will test it will come Tuesday, the day before Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
"It feels great with day-to-day activity, which is a huge reason for optimism," Murphy said. "It's gradually gotten better. When it really comes down to it, and I have to push it, you never know how you're going to react."
Moreland has been on a tear at the plate
ARLINGTON -- The argument can be made that rookie first baseman/outfielder Mitch Moreland has hit his way onto the Rangers' postseason roster with six hits in his last 20 at-bats going back to last Sunday in Oakland.
Moreland hit two home runs and drove in five runs in that game, and he also belted two home runs in the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Angels on Friday.
But Moreland also has been helped by showing the patient approach at the plate that won him over with manager Ron Washington when he first arrived in Texas on July 29.
Moreland has drawn six walks in his last four games entering Sunday, giving him a .438 on-base percentage during that span. He said working with hitting coach Clint Hurdle helped him revert back to having quality at-bats.
"He just told me to relax and do what you can do," Moreland said. "Keep it simple and have good at-bats. That's what I've been doing."
Rookie closer Neftali Feliz is just the third pitcher to record double-digit saves against one opponent. Feliz notched his 10th save against the Angels on Saturday in a 6-2 win. Armando Benitez, then with the New York Mets, has the record with 11 saves against the Marlins in 2004. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had 10 saves against the Orioles, also in 2004. ... Josh Hamilton put together the sixth season a player recorded 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 40 doubles in Rangers history with his three RBIs on Saturday night. Hamilton entered Sunday with 32 homers, 100 RBIs and 40 doubles in 132 games.
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.