ARLINGTON, Texas -- The dissatisfaction Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels feels about the team missing the playoffs is n

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The dissatisfaction Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels feels about the team missing the playoffs is no reflection of how he regards manager Ron Washington. Washington Wizards Jerseys . While the Rangers arent in the playoffs for the first time in four years, Daniels said Thursday that he feels "as strong about" Washington as he ever has. Washington has only next season remaining on his contract, but Daniels plans to sit down with him to discuss that situation. Texas has averaged more than 91 wins a year the past five seasons and made its only two World Series appearances in that span. Asked if it was a fair assumption Washington would get a contract extension, Daniels replied, "That would be my preference." The GM said he hadnt yet had an opportunity to speak with ownership about that. During more than 45 minutes discussing the season, Daniels also acknowledged that major league strikeout leader Yu Darvish (13-9, 277 strikeouts) dealt with a nerve issue in his lower back for than a month at the end of the season. The pitcher had an injection Wednesday and was flying home to Japan for about a month. The Rangers expect him to be fully healthy by next spring. For the second year in a row since their AL championship seasons in 2010 and 2011, the Rangers were done after losing a must-win game in their 163rd game. They lost in the first AL wild-card game at home last year and this week missed the playoffs with 91 wins after losing at home to Tampa Bay in the majors first wild-card tiebreaker game since 2007. "On one hand, weve averaged over 90 wins the last five years, weve had a lot of success organizationally, a lot of individuals having a lot of success. ... Were in the middle of what we feel is a tremendous run," Daniels said. "At the same time, one-and-done is not good enough. Its two years in a row weve been in this spot, and it hurts. I can tell you we want more." Daniels had just completed his first year as GM when he fired Buck Showalter after the 2006 season and replaced him with the longtime Oakland third-base coach who then had no major league managerial experience. Washington now is the teams winningest manager (611-522) after seven seasons. "To the degree that that was any speculation (about his job) late in the year ... that was always rumour mill-driven," Daniels said. "I feel the same way, just as strong about Wash as I ever have." After an AL-best record of 20-7 in August and with a two-game lead in the AL West, the Rangers started September with a 5-15 slide. That included being swept in a six-game homestand by Pittsburgh and Oakland, though they won all seven games on their last homestand to force the tiebreaker. It was the second year in a row a September slump cost the Rangers the AL West title. There was a 4-9 finish to the 2012 regular season. The Rangers staff ERA of 3.62 was their best since 1983. But after losing sluggers Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli in free agency last winter, their 730 runs were the fewest in a full season since 1992. " Who would have thought five, six years ago wed be talking about the pitching being the strength of the club," Daniels said. And the core of the starting rotation is still signed for multiple years, including Darvish and left-handers Derek Holland (10-9) and Matt Harrison, the years opening day starter who pitched only twice before two operations on a herniated disk in his lower back. Darvish didnt pitch past the sixth inning in any of his last three starts, though the Rangers won each of those games. Texas was 0-6 his six previous starts, five of them one-run games (including consecutive 1-0 losses). Daniels said the nerve started bothering Darvish in August, and that the team agreed with the pitchers decision not to have the injection during the season. "Effectively he had a nerve issue in his lower back that caused him to use strength after a period of time in his right leg," Daniels said. "He wasnt as powerful as he wanted to be after being out there for an extended period. ... He chose not to have injection because it would have required him to miss a start. He did not want to do that, he wanted to take the ball every five days. I commend him for that." Wes Unseld Jersey . Ricciardo made it only halfway around the Jerez track before his RB10 rolled to a stop and began spouting smoke from the back. After team mechanics tended to the car, Ricciardo went back out for a mere two trips around the circuit before calling it quits. Custom Washington Wizards Jerseys .com) - Nate Buss 3-pointer with 5. http://www.authenticbasketballshopwizards.com/otto-porter-wizards-jersey/ . Lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Blake Comeau – The Penguins winger had a hat trick in a 4-3 overtime win against Toronto.As England take on Malta at Wembley on Saturday, we take a closer look at Gareth Southgates first opponents. Southgates side are heavy favourites for a second win in World Cup qualifying Group F, but what can we expect from the Mediterranean minnows?World ranking: 176 Highest ranking 66 (September 1995)Lowest ranking: 176 (present)Whats their current standing?Starved of recent success, Pietro Ghedins side did give Scotland a scare for 45 minutes in September, equalising in Attard before falling to a 5-1 defeat.Malta have won a grand total of two competitive games since 1993, have never qualified for a major tournament and managed only three goals in their 10 Euro 2016 qualifying encounters. Scotland saw off Malta 5-1 last month The chances of a draw are also slim. They held Bulgaria in Euro 2018 qualifying, but their previous points came in a 1-0 win over Armenia in 2013.Maltas population - 425,000 - is among the smallest of those competing in World Cup qualifiers in Europe, below Luxembourg, Cyprus, Estonia and Macedonia, but larger than the likes of San Marino, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Andorra and Iceland.Theyre 20/1 with Sky Bet to get a famous draw at Wembley, and 50/1 for the win. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. Have England played Malta before?Richard Wright, look away now. One of the goalkeepers two caps came in Englands pre-Euro 2000 friendly in Attard, a 2-1 win which saw Malta equalise through Wrights own goal, the ball coming off the post from a penalty and crossing the line via the back of his head.Martin Keown had given England the lead, before Emile Heskeys winner 15 minutes from time. Martin Keown scored in Englands 2-1 win in Malta in 2000 Kevin Phillips and Dennis Wise started for Kevin Keegans side, while Michael Owen was an unused substitute as England prepared for the tournament in Belgium and the Netherlands nine days later.Previous to that, England hit Malta for five in May 1971 in Euro 72 qualifying, the goals coming from Martin Chivers (2), Colin Lee, Allan Clarke and Chris Lawler in front of 40,000 at Wembley, after a narrow 1-0 win in Malta three months earlier, thanks to Martin Peters first-half strike. John Wall Jersey. Any players to look out for?Michael Mifsud, who has 40 goals in 113 caps, is football royalty in Malta.Best remembered on these shores for his two-year stint at Coventry, where he scored both goals in the Sky Blues 2-0 win at Manchester United in the third round of the EFL Cup in 2007/08, Mifsud rarely gets a start for the national team nowadays. Malta captain Michael Mifsud should make a cameo appearance More likely to start for Ghedins side is Alfred Effiong, the 31-year-old Nigerian-born striker whose superb header brought Malta level against Scotland, while forward Andre Schembri, currently plying his trade at Boavista, could cause problems. However, Luke Gambin, the 23-year-old winger currently playing up the road at Barnet, will miss the short trip to Wembley after a needless sending off late in the defeat by Scotland.What has the manager said?Ghedin, speaking ahead of the clash at Wembley, said of interim manager Gareth Southgate: I know of him, he was an intelligent player and he did well as Under 21 coach. I think he is a good manager.We know it will be a tough game against England. They run a lot, they are very cunning, for me they are one of the best teams in Europe. Manager Pietro Ghedin was full of praise for the injured Adam Lallana We will try to give our best every time and I hope we leave the pitch with our head held high knowing we have given everything.However, Ghedin believes England will be without one of their best players in Adam Lallana, who has been ruled out with a groin injury.I love him because he is a cunning player, he gets in the right positions, has good timing, he said. There is a knack to do what he does, to score, play the right passes, little one-twos.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Rooney hits back at Big Sam Shearers right, were a joke England latest England fixtures Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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