Rangers text ex-teammates for help

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers players are making sure they do everything they can -- both on and off the field -- to get into the playoffs.

That includes a few players texting motivational messages for former teammates or managers with a few teams who could impact the Rangers' hopes.

Closer Joe Nathan, who spent most of his career with the Twins, said he texted Minnesota skipper Ron Gardenhire to ask for help as the Twins play the Cleveland Indians this weekend. He said he wrote: 'Let's rally the troops. Let's go.' "

Reliever Jason Frasor, who played eight seasons in Toronto, typed messages to Casey Janssen and J.P. Arencibia before Friday's game in hopes that the Blue Jays would beat the Tampa Bay Rays, who started the weekend in front of the Rangers in the wild-card hunt.

Frasor said Saturday that since the Jays won on Friday, he sent a few more texts on Saturday hoping for a repeat performance.