Ballpark Sinkhole' Batting Practice Cancelled Rangers-Indians

Ballpark Sinkhole’ Batting Practice Cancelled Rangers-Indians

Rangers Can’t Overcome Indians and Sinkhole

The Texas Rangers have been one of the best teams in the American League this year and was entering Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians on a roll. It took more than just the Cleveland lineup to slow the Rangers down, a sinkhole opened in the field behind the pitcher’s mound that caused cancellation of batting practice.

A water pipe had broken underneath the field that opened up the sinkhole. The Rangers grounds crew had to work diligently to correct the problem before the start of the game.

The issue was corrected in time for the first pitch, but the Rangers may have been better off postponing the game as starting pitcher Derek Holland got rocked for four runs in just under five innings pitched and Texas native Corey Kluber pitched a gem of game for Cleveland to help snap an eight game losing streak for the Indians.

The Rangers lack of field BP also showed as the normally potent Rangers lineup only scratched out seven hits.

Despite this setback, the Rangers are still the elite team in the American League West. They have gotten great play from rookie Jurickson Profar, reclamation project Lance Berkman and their pitching ace Yu Darvish.

Yahoo Sports gave a few suggestions on how to improve the the “hole” sinkhole media attention.

• Nick Swisher falls down the sinkhole, gets covered in mutating slime and emerges as Michaelangelo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. (Jason Giambi, of course, would be Master Splinter)
• Nelson Cruz falls down the hole. Bud Selig climbs out with a handcuffed Cruz, and tells us about his new plan to punish players with ties to Biogenesis.
• Lance Berkman drops the rest of his .154 June batting average down the hole, never to be found again until July.
• Upon realizing its too easy to strike batters out from the mound, Yu Darvish decides to pitch from inside the sinkhole.
• An ump blows a call and immediately shoots down the sinkhole, warping to Triple-A.

Sinkhole At Rangers Ballpark on June 11, 2013 (credit: CBS 11 News)

Sinkhole At Rangers Ballpark on June 11, 2013 (credit: CBS 11 News)

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Texas Rangers ballpark sinkhole cancels batting practice
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