All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton had his most intense day of rehab from two broken ribs Monday -- running at full strength, without much pain from breathing heavily; shagging flyballs with no problems; and taking 25 swings off a tee in the batting cage with a fungo bat. His latissimus dorsi muscle tightened some after swinging but not as badly as it did last week. Swinging a heavier normal bat could come today. Throwing, he said, would be the last baseball activity he attempts.
Hamilton said he understands the need to ramp up his activities with the end of the regular season seven games away. He hopes to know in a few days if he can return before the American League Division Series. "That seems reasonable," he said. "It's better now than it was a few days ago. Hopefully, it'll keep going that way."
Michael Young and Ian Kinsler told manager Ron Washington on Sunday that they wanted to play today to give the fans their money's worth in the Rangers' first home game since winning the AL West. It's a pretty standard lineup, but with Chris Davis at first base instead of Mitch Moreland.
Mariners lineup vs. LHP C.J. Wilson: Ichiro Suzuki, rf; Chone Figgins, 2b; Jose Lopez, dh; Franklin Gutierrez, cf; Justin Smoak, 1b; Adam Moore, c; Matt Mangini, 3b; Greg Halman, lf; Josh Wilson, ss.
Rangers lineup vs. RHP David Pauley: Elvis Andrus, ss; Michael Young, 3b; David Murphy, lf; Vladimir Guerrero, dh; Nelson Cruz, rf; Ian Kinsler, 2b; Chris Davis, 1b; Matt Treanor, c; Julio Borbon, cf.
The Rangers got some more good news Sunday, as Frank Francisco threw at about 80 percent from flat ground. He said he threw all his pitches, and is hoping to throw a bullpen session Tuesday. He's still optimistic he'll be ready for the postseason.
As for the game. ...
The 16 runs scored are the most since April 15, 2009.
The 22 hits are the most since Aug. 22, 2007, when the Rangers beat Baltimore 30-3.
Jeff Francoeur is 14 for his last 31 and is hitting .385 since he joined the Rangers.
Colby Lewis passed Edwin Correa for seventh place on the single-season strikeout list. Lewis has 192. He is also four innings shy of 200 for the year.
OAKLAND, Calif - The Texas Rangers finally found the right lineup to beat Oakland's Trevor Cahill.
With most of the regulars resting following Saturday's American League West clinching victory, the Rangers pounded the A's ace on their way to a 16-9 victory.
Cahill came into the game with a 6-1 record against the Rangers and a 1.55 ERA. Sunday he allowed a career high 12 hits and was touched for seven earned runs in just four innings. He had allowed nine earned runs in his career against the Rangers before Sunday.
At least Cahill wasn't the lone Oakland pitcher to have pain inflicted upon him by the Rangers.
Texas set season highs in runs scored and hits (22). Eight starters had at least two hits as the Rangers scored their most runs since April 15, 2009.
Mitch Moreland keyed the offensive outburst, hitting a pair of two-run homers on his way to a three hit, five RBIs game.
Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer on his way to four hits and four RBIs. David Murphy added a three-run homer in the sixth. He finished with four RBIs.
That was more than enough support for right-hander Colby Lewis, who improved to 12-13 after allowing one run in six innings. Lewis struck out six, giving him 192 on the season. That's the seventh highest single-season total in franchise history.
The Rangers led 9-1 before Oakland scored six runs in the eighth inning off Matt Harrison and Pedro Strop. All six runs scored with two outs, but the Rangers answered that with seven runs in the ninth.
Ian Kinsler was one of the regular who didn't play. Kinsler dropped his appeal of his one-game suspension and served it Sunday.
Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers will consider pitching Cliff Lee on three days' rest in the American League Division Series, a move that would allow them to use a three-man rotation in the first playoff series since 1999.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins were busy this morning piecing together the Rangers' rotation for the rest of the season and setting it up for the postseason. Lee will pitch Thursday and Wilson will pitch Friday so that they are on their normal rest for Games 1 and 2.
If Lee pitches on three days' rest for a possible Game 4, that would put Tommy Hunter in the bullpen. If the Rangers decide on a four-man rotation, he would be the fourth starter.
A meeting with the coaches and front-office staff has been set for Tuesday, when many of the roster decisions will be made. The Rangers have to choose between Mitch Moreland and Chris Davis at first base and sort out their bullpen. Frank Francisco is increasingly looking like he will be unavailable for the first round.
First, although Michael Young and Ian Kinsler are not in Sunday's lineup, they have already told manager Ron Washington they want to play in Monday's game in Texas because of the fans. Washington was trying to give both players two days off.
The Rangers gift shop at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will be open until 11 p.m. tonight with the lockerroom t-shirts and caps, AL West t-shirts and caps, playoff t-shirts and caps and a new version of the claw and antler t-shirt. They now have a red one.