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June 25, 2012

Week that was, week that is for Rangers

The Texas Rangers are getting back on track, although they maintain they aren't playing as well as they can.

The Rangers opened the week with a three-game sweep at San Diego, extending their winning streak to six games. Following an off day Thursday, Roy Oswalt made his Rangers' debut on Friday and pushed the winning streak to seven.

Colby Lewis had his shortest outing of the season Saturday, snapping the win streak. But the Rangers bounced back behind Matt Harrison and Leonys Martin to win on Sunday. It was the Rangers' fifth consecutive series win, and they've won eight of their last nine games.

Here's a look at the week ahead -- 

Tonight-Wednesday vs. Detroit: The Rangers continue their 10-game homestand tonight against the Tigers, last year's ALCS opponent. Texas took two of three at Detroit in April, and this will be the first of two home series against it. The series opener will feature Justin Grimm making his second big league start against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello. Yu Darvish gets Game 2 against Drew Smyly, and Roy Oswalt works the finale. The Rangers will miss Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who started Sunday.

Thursday-Sunday vs. Oakland: The Rangers wrap up the homestand with a four-game series against Oakland. Colby Lewis is the scheduled starter to open the series and is expected to be followed by Matt Harrison, Justin Grimm and Yu Darvish. The Rangers lost two of three at Oakland earlier this month, part of a 4-6 road trip. They split a two-game home series against the Athletics in mid-May, as well. Last season, the Rangers went 13-6 against the Athletics.

-- Drew Davison


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