The Texas Rangers are off to an 8-3 start in August, and manager Ron Washington pointed to one game -- the 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 1 -- as to why they are back on track.
Washington said that game served as a wake-up call, as they overcame a six-run deficit and then a three-run deficit in the 10th.
"They kicked us in the stomach and woke us up," Washington said.
Said Mike Adams: "That was a big game for us and it really set the stage for what we hope will be a good stretch run."
Here are a few other notes:
* Ron Washington would prefer to a have a four-man bench, but the team is going with a three-man bench for now. If something happens to Elvis Andrus during a game, Washington said Mike Olt could serve as an emergency shortstop so the team wouldn't lose the designated hitter.
* Speaking of the bench, Ron Washington wouldn't speculate on who the team would add when the pitching staff sorts itself out. Asked if Jurickson Profar was in consideration, Washington said: "Profar's name never came up. We'll decide when the need comes up."
* Elvis Andrus is expected to get a day at DH at some point during the Yankees series, Ron Washington said. Washington would prefer not to use Andrus as a DH, but feels it's necessary to give him a half-day at some point during this 20 games in 20 days stretch.
-- Drew Davison