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Texas Rangers Rest Up, Ready Themselves for More NL West FodderThe Texas Rangers (35-26) have returned home, fresh off of a 10-game West Coast jaunt that seemed like two months.

Today’s off day comes at a perfect time. The Rangers are banged-up, tired, and badly in need of a solid night’s sleep in their own palatial estates.

Although they lost six of ten on the road, they’ve won two of their last three. They ended their road trip on a high note, as they took their first series since their sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays late last month.

Taking two of three from the accursed San Francisco Giantsis a great thing…there’s nothing like a dose of 2010 World Series redemption! Suck on that, Mr. The Freak!

Here are some highlights from the Giants series—because it went well for our Rangers and the Oakland/Anaheim series occurred so long ago that it’s like it never happened…

Gentry shines
• Center fielder Craig Gentry was 7-for-11 during the Giants series, and watched his batting average soar from .301 to .340.
• Gentry was 5-for-5 during the Rangers’ series opening 5-0 victory last Friday.

The bullpen is outstanding?

Yep, it sure is. You know you have a great bullpen when they can start and finish games.
• Alexi Ogando pitched three perfect innings in a spot-start for lefty Derek Holland.
• Robbie Ross earned his 6th win of the year as he went four innings in relief of Ogando.

The bullpen was outstanding
Yep, it sure was. Sadly, the possibility of Ogando garnering DL time might force left-hander Robbie Ross into the rotation. Ultimately that’s a good thing but his absence form the ‘pen would surely be felt.
• I still don’t trust Koji Uehara in high-leverage situations.
• I’ll never trust Mark Lowe in any close-game scenarios.

Injury News:

Alexi Ogando had an MRI done today but team physician Dr. Keith Meister is out of town, so a full evaluation won’t be completed until tomorrow morning at the earliest.
• Nelson Cruz was given the day off yesterday to rest a sore right Achilles tendon that he tweaked on Saturday in San Francisco.
• Derek Holland is scheduled to start throwing in the next few days but the lefty won’t be available for at least two more weeks.

Next Up:

The Texas Rangers begin a six-game home stand tomorrow night as they host the NL West’s Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 (CST) with RH Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.38 ERA) on the hill for Texas and RH Ian Kennedy (5-5, 3.98 ERA) gets the start for Arizona.

Be sure to check back here tomorrow for the BaseballDo Series preview!

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