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ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 12:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers reacts to striking out against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the sixth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 12, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers reacts to one of his three strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians in Wednesday’s loss. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Rangers are in an offensive funk. But manager Ron Washington is stressing patience to his players — knowing that in time, things will change.

In Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Indians, the Rangers stranded nine runners, batting 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

“We’re not the only team and won’t be the last team that hits a spell at some point during the major league season that’s six months long,” said Washington following the team’s third straight series loss. “We’re going to fight through it; that’s all you can do.”

The team is batting .221 in the month of June, but has struggled even more in scoring opportunities. Including a 1-for-19 performance in Toronto on June 8, the team is hitting .172 with runners in scoring position.

DH Lance Berkman, playing in his 15th season, believes the team is in a rut – which is actually normal.

“That’s part of playing a season, and I’ve never been through a major league season that I have not been asked about offensive struggles,” said Berkman. “It’s fairly typical for teams to have a stretch like this. You just try to minimize it.”

Any hopes of minimizing the slump must come from the current group of players, that is, until a few key players return from injury.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler begins a rehab stint with AA Frisco on Thursday, with the hope of returning to the team on Sunday. Mitch Moreland, meanwhile, can’t return from the DL until June 21.

“What I have is what I have,” said Washington. “We just have to wait for it to come around. I don’t know what tinkering and tweaking I can do. We’re just a little flat offensively. As I said, we’ll just keep grinding every day, and we’ll get through it.”

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