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August 31, 2011

Rangers postgame notes following 4-1 loss to Rays

Here are a few postgame notes after the Rangers fell 4-1 to the Rays on Wednesday.

* Ron Washington expects Alexi Ogando to make his scheduled start on Monday at Tampa Bay. Ogando had his third outing of four innings or less this month, lasting only 2 2/3 against the Rays. He allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Ogando said he feels fine physically, and his struggles are related to a mechanical issue he is battling through right now.

* Matt Harrison threw two scoreless innings of relief on Wednesday, and is still scheduled to start Sunday at Boston. Harrison had a bullpen session scheduled for Thursday, so his two innings of work Wednesday will eliminate that. "They needed me tonight," Harrison said. "I'll be ready to start Sunday. I felt good."

* Mark Hamburger had an impressive big league debut, throwing a perfect ninth. He wasn't too overwhelmed with the stadium or crowd, and said he stayed focused on executing his pitches.

* Koji Uehara gave up a solo home run to Johnny Damon in the seventh inning. He has allowed runs in four of his last five outings. But, it's worth noting, Uehara's $4 million option for 2012 kicked in, as Wednesday was his 55th appearance of the season.

* Elvis Andrus had his thrid triple of the season, tripling to right-center with two outs in the sixth. Up to that point, Rays starter James Shields had retired 15 straight. And the three triples match Andrus' total from last season.

* The Rangers avoided the shutout by scoring a run in the ninth off Rays reliever Kyle Farnsworth. Michael Young had a two-out infield single followed by a single to right by Mike Napoli. Young then scored on a single to center by David Murphy. Murphy has eight RBIs in his last five games.

* The Rangers went 16-12 in August. The Rays went 18-10, tied for the American League's best record that month.

* The Rangers announced a crowd of 28,034 on Wednesday, giving them 2,550,462 for the season. That's the highest attendance in a season at Rangers Ballpark since 2001 (2,831,111).

-- Drew Davison

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