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OF Craig Gentry went 2-for-4 with an RBI Wednesday in an 11-4 loss to Oakland. He is batting .345 (10-for-29) over his past 11 games and .338 (25-for-74) over his last 35 games since coming off the disabled list. He started the past two games against Oakland and had two hits each game.

LHP Robbie Ross gave up four earned runs and hits to all four batters he faced in the sixth inning Wednesday in an 11-4 loss to Oakland. Ross' ERA jumped from 2.57 to 3.21. He gave up a single to 2B Eric Sogard, a double to C Stephen Vogt, an RBI single to CF Coco Crisp and a three-run homer to 3B Josh Donaldson.

RHP Yu Darvish (12-7) had one of his worst starts of the season Wednesday, taking the loss as the Rangers fell 11-4 to Oakland. Darvish allowed five runs and five hits over five innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. He walked a season-high six and struck out just four, matching his season low. "I think mechanically and mentally I was a little bit off today," Darvish said. "I think the slider command was good, but the fastball command was totally off." He fell to 1-5 with a 4.86 ERA for his career against the A's.

RHP Matt Garza will start Friday night when the Rangers open a three-game series at Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels. Since coming to the Rangers from the Cubs in a trade, he is 3-2 with a 4.04 ERA in eight starts. He has struck out 53 and walked 13 over 55 2/3 innings as a Ranger. For his career against the Angels, Garza is 0-1 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts. He's 0-0 with a 2.73 ERA in two starts against the Angels this season, including one as a Ranger. Garza got a no-decision in his last start, allowing just one run over seven innings in a 2-1 Rangers loss to Minnesota. He struck out nine and walked three.

SS Elvis Andrus (back spasms) was out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game Wednesday at Oakland but expects to return Friday when the Rangers open a three-game series at Anaheim against the Angels. "I feel good today," Andrus said before the game. "I feel pretty great. I feel at least I can DH today, but I guess they want to give me an extra day off plus we're off tomorrow, so it's going to be two days off in a row. I'm sure I'll be 100 percent Friday." Andrus was available to play off the bench Wednesday, Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

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