Rangers try to stay afloat during key AL West trip

Yu Darvish gave the injury-riddled Texas Rangers a nice send-off on an important road trip that includes all three teams above them in the AL West standings.

The Japanese ace's first complete game in the major leagues - a shutout, no less - still can't hide a sobering reality. The Rangers are eight games behind Oakland and dangerously close to last-place Houston, a 100-loss team for three years running.

Texas just made its 20th move on the disabled list. Four first basemen are on the DL. One left-handed starter won't be back until sometime during the 2015 season. Another may be finished for good.

Somehow the Rangers will try to find a way to gain ground in visits to Seattle, division-leading Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels.

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