It's time for Rangers to start hitting

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Manager Ron Washington said his club could easily be 3-0, or 2-1. The blown save opportunity by Frank Francisco on Thursday afternoon, messed that up.

The reality is the Rangers are 1-2. However, they are not hitting the ball. Not at all.

After three games, the Rangers are hitting .168 (16-for-95), the second-lowest average in the majors. Vladimir Guerrero is 7-for-11 and Nelson Cruz is 4-for-10.

Michael Young said the club has endured some woeful at bats.

"I think guys in here, they know of the adjustments they have to make with the exception of Vlady and Cruzie," Young said. "So, we'll make our adjustments and move on."

It's too early in the season to be worried about hitting. It could be a new hitting coach (Clint Hurdle), or the team pressing itself.

"It's usually an individual thing," Young said. "I think players know why they're not productive. Sometimes, you can overadjust. You have to ride it out and it will fix itself, and sometimes you have to work on certain things as a hitter."

Jason Vargas, the Mariners starter tonight, is 0-1 in four 2009 starts against the Rangers, which also includes three no decisions.