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DETROIT -- If the rest of the Texas Rangers keep hitting like this, Prince Fielders injury may not be so hard to overcome. [url=http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Pat-Elflein-Vikings-Jersey/]Pat Elflein Jersey[/url] . Alex Rios tripled and drove in three runs, and the Rangers rolled to another rout of Detroit, beating Justin Verlander and the Tigers 12-4 on Sunday. Texas took three of four in the series, scoring 35 runs in the process. The question now is whether the Rangers can possibly keep this up after learning Thursday that Fielder would likely miss the rest of the season because of a neck problem. "Weve got to continue to play baseball," manager Ron Washington said. "We miss Prince, and were not going to even dream that we dont need him in our lineup. We certainly would like to have him in our lineup, but we dont, so weve got to go with what weve got." The Tigers have lost six of seven, and even Verlander (5-4) couldnt come close to stopping the slide. The Detroit right-hander allowed nine runs -- six earned -- in 5 1-3 innings in one of the worst starts of his career. "Right now, Im not in a place where I can repeat my delivery every time, and thats what I need to fix. But Ill get it straightened out. Im not worried about that," Verlander said. "Its a rough patch, but this is a great baseball team. That hasnt changed." Michael Choice homered for the Rangers in the second, and Texas broke the game open with five runs in the fifth. Colby Lewis (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. Mitch Moreland had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, and Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos had three hits apiece as well. "Everybody on this team has contributed so far, has stepped up in one way or another," Moreland said. "I think this was just a big series for us overall, to kind of right the ship, get it going." Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera left the game in the seventh with a right hamstring cramp. Verlander has allowed 16 earned runs in his past three starts, and although the Tigers still have the best record in the American League, they have to wonder when this alarming stretch of poor pitching will end. Other starters have struggled too. In its past seven games, Detroit has allowed 57 runs. The nine runs allowed by Verlander equaled a career worst, and he gave up 11 hits. Verlander finished with only one strikeout, his fewest in a regular-season game since May 31, 2008, when he also struck out one at Seattle. "Its good to get him early," Rios said. "The earlier you get him, the better shape youre going to be in at the end of the game." Choice broke a 1-all tie with a second-inning homer off Verlander, and after a double by Chirinos, Rougned Odor dropped a bunt that Verlander threw away for an error, allowing a run to score. Texas led 3-2 in the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a walk and went to third when Elvis Andrus grounder went past shortstop Andrew Romine for another Detroit error. Moreland and Beltre followed with consecutive RBI singles, and a two-run triple by Rios made it 7-2. Chirinos singled home Rios two outs later. The Rangers tacked on three runs in the seventh to make it 12-2 on RBI singles by Andrus, Moreland and Beltre. Cabrera came out of the game after singling in the bottom of that inning, and to make matters worse for Detroit, reliever Joba Chamberlain left in the eighth with a right ankle contusion. The Rangers finished with 17 hits, bringing their total for the last two games of the series to 36 -- with 14 for extra bases. NOTES: Even Sundays time of game was the same as the day before: 3 hours, 43 minutes. ... Choo, who left Saturdays game with a sore left ankle, was back in the Texas lineup a day later but as the designated hitter. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The Tigers head to Oakland for a four-game series between the teams with the two best records in the AL. Detroit LHP Drew Smyly (2-2) faces Oakland LHP Tommy Milone (2-3) on Monday. ... Texas heads to Minnesota, with RHP Nick Tepesch (1-0) taking the mound Monday against Twins RHP Kevin Correia (2-5). [url=http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Dalvin-Cook-Vikings-Jersey/]Dalvin Cook Youth Jersey[/url] .com) - Many people at Eastern Washington are waiting to see if star quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. [url=http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Pat-Elflein-Vikings-Jersey/]Pat Elflein Youth Jersey[/url] .com) - Matt Duchene picked up the deciding goal early in the third period and added an assist, as Colorado escaped with a 4-3 victory over Dallas at Pepsi Center. [url=http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Jaleel-Johnson-Vikings-Jersey/]http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Jaleel-Johnson-Vikings-Jersey/[/url] . -- Jake Paterson made 39 saves as the Saginaw Spirit halted the Guelph Storms seven-game win streak with a 6-3 victory on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League action.Got a question on rule clarification, comments on rule enforcements or some memorable NHL stories? Kerry wants to answer your emails at cmonref@tsn.ca. Hi Kerry, Everyone does it, everyone knows it happens but what can referees to stop the delaying tactics used by teams after an icing call? In the first period between Vancouver and Buffalo on Sunday, Buffalo iced the puck and suddenly Zenon Konopka needed a new stick. However, it took the equipment manager about 30-40 seconds trying to find one and gave the team a quick rest. When he finally got near the faceoff dot, the linesman did a quick drop of the puck and the Canucks eventually scored off the resulting play. I know the Canucks sometimes will send in a winger to purposely get waved out to get a breather, but how long do referees give a team before they are able to give a delay of game penalty? Do they have to warn the team first? Gareth Gareth: Even though it is within the referees authority to assess a minor penalty once a player or team deliberately delays the game following an icing, I can think of far more appropriate situations for a referee to flex his muscles and assess a penalty. As you admit Gareth, everyone does it and everyone knows it happens. A warning would typically have to be issued before a delay of game penalty would be assessed in this situation. When Zenon Konopka felt it necessary to change his stick (for whatever reason) following the Sabres icing infraction the referee was caught between a rock and a hard place and must allow the player to obtain a replacement. Can you imagine the nuclear fallout for the ref, following the Canuck goal, if Konopka had been denied the change and his stick had broken on the ensuing face-off? Forcing Knopka to grab any old replacement off the bench other than his own pattern could also set the ref up for some abuse. In the course of a game there are times when a referee must dig his skates in and take a hard-line position but I believe a ref should pick his battles wisely and with good purpose. In my opinion, a slow face-off following an icing isnt typically worth throwing the gauntlet down. That being said, one thing that any referee has little tolerance for is to be publicly embarrassed and played for a fool. What I didnt much care for, as I watched this apparent "sheell game" being play out at the Buffalo bench, were the snickers and laughter that took place at the referees expense. [url=http://www.thevikingsshoponline.com/Youth-Ben-Gedeon-Vikings-Jersey/]Ben Gedeon Vikings Jersey[/url]. The equipment managers and training staff for the Buffalo Sabres are very professional in their duties; as are all NHL team equipment personnel. To believe that a players stick wasnt available in the rack just isnt within the realm of possibility. Gareth, let me suggest one possible way to deter a team from abusing rule 81.4óline changes on icing. My approach would have to laugh right along with them right up to the end of the little charade when Zenon Konopka was finally handed his replacement stick and before he sprinted to the face-off dot with a grin. At that point I would issue Coach Ted Nolan an "official warning" that any undue delay by him or his players on a future icing would result in bench minor penalty. I would be sure to say it with a smile on my face but there would be little doubt that the gauntlet had been dropped! You might also be curious Gareth (like me) as to why a lengthy rest delay was even required by the Sabres fourth line on just their fourth shift of the game; if in fact that was the intention of Zenon Konopka and the Sabres bench staff. Heres the interesting breakdown for you. The Sabres fourth line, comprised of Zenon Konopka, John Scott and Nicolas Deslauriers, had played a total of one minute and seventeen seconds (1:17) in three well spaced shifts prior to their fourth shift when the icing infraction was called. Their third shift lasted only 20 seconds and was followed by over two minutes of rest on the bench. The fouth line then changed on the fly and skated for 21 seconds prior to a 25 second breather before play resumed following a Canuck end zone face-off. Once the puck was dropped, they skated for another 13 seconds before the whistle blew for the icing call. I dont think these finely tuned athletes would have been all that fatigued considering my unofficial ice-tracker stats. If locating a missing stick at the Sabres bench is truly a ploy to slow things down after an icing, perhaps they should pick their spot more wisely and utilize it when players really are fatigued. In any event, this play should now be "one and done!" The gauntlet has been dropped I hope. [url=http://www.wholesaleauthenticjerseyscheap.us.com/]Cheap NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.chinajerseysoutlet.us.com/]Wholesale Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.nfljerseyschinaauthentic.us/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.nfljerseyscheapfromchina.us/]Jerseys From China[/url] [url=http://www.chinajerseysbuy.us.com/]Wholesale NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.cheapjerseyssupply.us/]Cheap NFL Jerseys[/url] [url=http://www.nfljerseyschinaoutlet.us.com/]Cheap Jerseys[/url] ' ' '

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