ARLINGTON -- After taking a postgame shower, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton put on a T-shirt as he addressed the media. He pointed to the lemon on the front of it and the message around it: "Don't get bitter ... get better.""This is for this game," Hamilton said. The Rangers do have to get better and quickly because Game 1 of the American League Division Series was a disaster. Starter C.J. Wilson allowed eight runs in five innings while giving up three home runs as the Rangers suffered a 9-0 beating against the Rays in front of a sellout crowd at the Ballpark in Arlington on Friday afternoon. The Rangers managed just two hits over seven innings against Rays rookie left-hander Matt Moore to fall behind 1-0 in the series and now must face All-Star right-hander James Shields on Saturday. Shields beat the Rangers twice, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, allowing one run in 17 innings. Derek Holland will pitch for the Rangers. "Obviously, this wasn't our best game," Rangers infielder Michael Young said. "We'll come out tomorrow, play hard and expect better things. We don't care how we lost. A loss is a loss. We're not going get worked up about what went wrong. We're going to focus on what we need to do tomorrow." This was the largest shutout loss by an AL team to open the postseason since the Tigers lost to the Cubs, 9-0, in Game 1 of the 1945 World Series. The Tigers went on to win that World Series. "Of course, it's disappointing. We go out and expect to win every game," catcher Mike Napoli said. "We just got beat today. We didn't hit. We've got to forget about it. This team is good at that."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.