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A serious error in center field by Josh Hamilton could have long-term effects on the Rangers season and his contract status with the team.
With the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics tied 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Yeonis Cespedes hit what appeared to be a routine fly ball to center field. Hamilton charged the ball and seemed to settle under the pop fly, but dropped the ball when he had to reach back to make the catch.
Hamilton's error prompted this tweet from Rangers beat reporter Evan Grant.
If Rangers lose and make early exit from postseason, the Hamilton muff will have impact on Rangers' willingness to bid on him.— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) October 3, 2012
The error allowed two runs to score and gave the A's a 7-5 lead in the fourth inning, erasing a 5-1 Rangers lead. With the two teams tied in the standings headed into the final game of the season, this afternoon's victor will win the American League West. The loser will have to play in the Wild Card game on Friday night.
Hamilton will be a free agent after this season and there is discussion as to whether the Rangers will be willing to pay the price he'll look to get on the open market.