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LHP Martin Perez showed both his youth and a dose of maturity in picking up his fourth win in a row for the Rangers on Friday night. After his team have him a 4-0 lead against the Chicago White Sox in the top of the second, Perez nearly gave it all back in the bottom half of the inning. Instead, with some help by a nice running catch by RF Alex Rios, Perez held the Sox to three runs. He regained his composure and lasted seven innings to earn the win, which impressed Rangers manager Ron Washington.
INF Jurickson Profar was back in the lineup for the Rangers on Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox, after having a streak of playing in 16 straight games snapped in an 11-5 Texas victory on Friday night. Profar, who went 0-for-3 in the Rangers' 3-2 loss, started at shortstop in place of SS Elvis Andrus, who's hitting just .196 in his last 13 games.
RHP Yu Darvish threw seven innings and took a no-decision in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night in the Seventh Annual Civil Rights Game, held at U.S. Cellular Field. Darvish gave up six hits and walked three, but struck out 11 on 113 pitches (70 strikes). He didn't come out for the eighth because of leg cramps, but was walking around fine in the clubhouse afterward.
RHP Nick Tepesch threw 43 pitches in a live batting practice session on Saturday for the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field and
1B/DH Lance Berkman continues his rehab efforts for the Rangers, as he attempts to come back from inflammation in his hip and chronic soreness in high right knee. Berkman has been on the disabled list since July 7, but Rangers manager Ron Washington hopes the 15-year veteran can return in September for the stretch run push for a playoff spot. The team also hopes Berkman can get out for a minor league rehab stint before the minor league season ends in early September. If not, however, Washington isn't too concerned about Berkman's ability to contribute.
RF Alex Rios is performing well for the Rangers since the trade on Aug. 9 that brought him to Texas from the Chicago White Sox, but manager Ron Washington thinks there's another level he can reach. Rios went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Rangers on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field and came into the game hitting .286 (14-for-49) with a double, triple and three RBIs in 12 games since the trade.
3B Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a double in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday nigh. Beltre is hitting .400 (30-for-75) with four doubles, four homers and 18 RBIs in the month of August.
RHP Matt Garza will start for the Rangers on Sunday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox in the finale of a three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Overall this season, Garza is 9-2 with a 3.59 ERAin 17 starts split between Texas and his former team, the Chicago Cubs. Garza is 3-3 with a 4.17 ERA in eight career starts against theWhite Sox and is 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in five starts against Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field. If he picks up a win on Sunday, Garza will be the first opposing pitcher to win his first four starts against the Sox at that stadium since Paul Byrd accomplished the feat in 2007.
RHP Alexi Ogando, on the disabled list with inflammation in his right shoulder, played catch from 60 feet on Saturday and reported no problems prior to the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Rangers hope to get Ogando back for the last month of the season, but manager Ron Washington hasn't revealed the plan for how he'll use him.
SS Elvis Andrus was the designated hitter for the Rangers on Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox. Andrus, whose regular spot at shortstop was filled by rookie SS Jurickson Profar, has been mired in a slump through his previous 13 contests, hitting just .196 (10-for-51) in that span. He went 2-for-5 in the Rangers' 3-2 loss on Saturday.