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July 30, 2012

Week that was, week that is for Rangers

The trade deadline is approaching quickly and the Texas Rangers have yet to make a move. That will likely change by 3 p.m. Tuesday, as general manager Jon Daniels and the front office staff have been monitoring the market closely and haven't been shy to pull the trigger in the past.

The latest is that the Rangers are looking to upgrade their bullpen, which could allow them to move Alexi Ogando into the rotation. They could also use a right-handed bat off the bench.

Time is ticking.

In the meantime, here's a look back on the week that was and the week that will be for the Rangers.

July 23-25 vs. Boston: The Rangers opened the week by taking two of three from the Red Sox. Scott Feldman opened the series with an impressive seven innings, and Derek Holland had a nice start in the series finale. Martin Perez also pitched well in the middle game, allowing one run over six innings, but the Rangers' offense struggled in a 2-1 loss.

July 27-29 vs. Chicago White Sox: The White Sox have been a tough team for the Rangers. They swept them earlier this month, and won the first two games of last weekend's three game series. Texas rebounded and avoided the sweep with a 2-0 victory on Sunday, backed by another strong start by Scott Feldman. Still, the Rangers offense remains a concern as they went 1 for 31 with runners in scoring position for the series. The hitters held a meeting after Saturday night's game, and would like to get back to doing what the game asks in certain situations.

The week ahead

Today-Aug. 2 vs. Los Angeles Angels: The Rangers open a four-game series against their division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, tonight. Texas is 4-5 against Anaheim, and 17-17 against the American League West so far this season. Closer Joe Nathan understands the importance of doing well within the division, and knows that this an important series. "But we also know it's only July, and there is a lot of baseball left," Nathan said.

Aug. 3-5 at Kansas City: The Rangers begin a stretch where 13 of their next 16 games will be on the road when they travel to Kansas City. The Royals have lost five straight, although they played well against the Rangers earlier this season, winning a two-game series in May.

-- Drew Davison

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