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Rangers' playoff hopes in trouble

Elvis Andrus, who signed an eight-year extension this year, has been a big disappointment. Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

July has not been kind to the Texas Rangers the past two seasons. Last season, they went 9-14 in July and gave the Oakland Athletics an opening in the American League West race. At the start of this July, the Rangers were fourth in the ESPN Power Rankings but have fallen in each of the past four weeks and now find themselves at No. 11. Texas has not been able to hit, and the prognosis for the final two months is quickly turning dour.