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2B Rougned Odor had hit safely in eight of his past 10 games before going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Texas' 4-1 victory over Oakland on Friday. Over his last 11 games, Odor is hitting .351 with three doubles, two triples and three RBIs to go from .253 to .272. He entered the game tied for ninth among AL hitters with a .391 average since the All-Star break.
OF Jake Smolinski was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a bruised foot, representing an MLB-leading 23rd disabled list transaction by the Rangers. Smolinski, called up from Triple-A Round Rock on July 7, had hit .389 in 11 games in his first career stint in the big leagues.
RHP Jerome Williams' first day on the job with the Rangers after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock ended with a pitching victory as a spot starter in a 4-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Friday. Williams (2-4), who pitched the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and 26 games with Houston this season before being released, gave up one run on five hits and no walks over six innings while striking out four. "The way our rotation is, if he goes out there and pitches well you never know," manager Ron Washington said before the game. "It's an opportunity. We'll see." Said Williams, who threw 88 pitches: "Who knows. I can't really look at the future right now. I can only look at the present. Whenever they give me the ball I'll go out there and pitch."
DH Shin-Soo Choo has seven hits in his last 19 at-bats after going 2-for-4 in Texas' 4-1 victory over Oakland on Friday, marking his three multi-hit game in his last five. All this after a career-high 0-for-22 drought. He struck out for the 23rd time in his last 15 games and is hitting .194 over that stretch to drop from .254 to .243.
3B Adrian Beltre entered Friday's game with no multi-hit games in his last 10, but he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Rangers' 4-1 victory over Oakland. The multi-hit game slide was his longest since May 1-13, 2011. Over the last 11 games, Beltre is hitting .209 with one home run and four RBIs to go from .341 to .325.