Scatter-shooting while waiting for the Rangers' new and improved bullpen to show up.

• LHP Matt Harrison may have learned an important lesson Wednesday: No matter how good you are at pitching out of jams - and with his penchant for double plays, he's very good - if you create enough stressful innings for yourself, it's going to catch up to you at some point.

We give you the sixth. Harrison had allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in each of the first five innings, meaning he did nothing but pitch from the stretch on Wednesday. Yet, thanks to three double play balls, he went to the sixth with a 3-3 tie. He retired the first two batters of the inning and it looked like he was going to finally have a 1-2-3 inning when Alex Avila hit a two-out homer to give Detroit the lead.

It also exposed underscored Harrison's relative weakness against left-handed hitters. They are batting .293 against him this season, the fifth highest average allowed to lefties by a left-handed pitcher this season. It was the fifth homer he allowed to a lefty hitter, tying him for the major league lead with John Danks.

• 2B Ian Kinsler's slump extended to 1-for-30 with a hitless game in four at-bats. On three different occasions, he had a chance to advance a runner and did not.

And you know what? Upon further inspection, this may have represented progress.

Kinsler hit the ball hard every time up and hit a liner to that foreign land the rest of us know as right field. If Kinsler doesn't get frustrated by the lack of results, you may just see him break out of the slump pretty spectacularly here. It becomes a test. Does he get stronger from the progress or weakened by the results.

By the way, he's not going anywhere in the lineup. Manager Ron Washington said after the game that he did not intend to drop him out of the leadoff spot. Of course, that could change if things don't improve, but I expect him to be the first batter of the game on Thursday.