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Jose Leclerc, David Robertson shoulder blame for Rangers’ loss to A’s

(Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)


ARLINGTON — Jose Leclerc isn’t making many new friends early this season, and he has already worn away the little patience fans had for him as the Rangers’ closer.

He was at the center of 33 blown saves last season before finding his rhythm in the postseason. Close games this season have left fans sweating. Now, many are screaming.

The right-hander blew the save Tuesday night in the ninth inning, allowing a two-run homer to Shea Langeliers in a 4-3 loss to the A’s. Langeliers connected for three home runs, the first against Nathan Eovaldi and another against David Robertson.

All three homers cost the Rangers leads.

But the Rangers didn’t have an answer for the homer Leclerc allowed, and questions are surfacing about his shelf-life as the closer.


Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. Shannon Nichol April 10, 2024

    Despite having a nice run in the playoffs last year I have never thought Leclerc had the makeup for a closer….no control and I am tired of being on the edge all the time. Just as well kept Chapman if we wanted ulcers late in every game smh

    1. Jeff Wilson April 10, 2024

      Not sure. He seems pretty unflappable. He has the stuff. It just hasn’t worked out the past year and a week, minus October.


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