Josh Hamilton hit his 28th home run of the season in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 6-1 win against the A's. That not only tied Hamilton with Adam Dunn for the most homers in the Majors and provided a valuable insurance run but marked the first time in 11 games that the Rangers had scored more than four runs. They had scored just 24 runs in the previous 10 contests. The last time they had scored five runs or more before Tuesday was June 30, also against the A's, in a 7-2 win in Arlington. The last time the Rangers scored four runs or fewer in 10 consecutive games was in the first 15 games of the 1988 season, from April 4-22. Their 10-game stretch this year was the longest in the American League and the second-longest in the Majors, behind only the Marlins' 12-game streak June 5-17. After scoring a Major League-leading 291 runs in their first 51 games, the Rangers have scored 165 runs in 39 games since June 1, the second-fewest in baseball, ahead of just the Marlins (162). Right-handed reliever Koji Uehara was supposed to be activated Tuesday, along with Ogando, but he will be out for the next few days. Uehara, who has posted a 2.11 ERA in 20 games while striking out 22 and walking just two batters in 21 1/3 innings, has been on the disabled list since June 15. He pitched a scoreless inning in a rehab outing for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday but experienced stiffness in his right lat muscle on Sunday. Uehara is not expected to throw for the next couple days. "We're not going to push it," Washington said. "Once we take him off the disabled list, if something happens to him, he has to go back on for another 15 days. ... It might not be anything. At least he's staying in communication and letting us know how he feels. Once he let us know about this, we shut him down." Athletics: Homestand features two tough foes
After sweeping the last-place Twins, the worst team in the AL, in their first series after the All-Star break, the A's returned home to face the two best teams in baseball. The AL West-leading Rangers and the AL East-leading Yankees, who arrive for a four-game series on Thursday. "I think every homestand has the same type of importance for us," Melvin said. "We're playing better, and we're just continually trying to get better. I think we try to leave it at that. I've ready a lot about the next 35 games and all that sort of thing. I really don't see past this series. I know the Yankees are coming in behind them. I think that's as far as we kind of take it." Coco Crisp, who has missed the last three games with left shoulder soreness, could return to the lineup on Wednesday. He began feeling discomfort in his shoulder in Friday's game against the Twins, when he went 0-for-4, before sitting out the next day. A doctor examined Crisp's shoulder Monday and found no structural damage. Josh Reddick, who hit his team-leading 21st home run Tuesday, has replaced Crisp in center field in each of the last three games. "We're a lot closer than we were the last couple days," Melvin said. "He went and saw the doctor, there's nothing structurally wrong, so it's just a matter of when he feels comfortable swinging the bat from both sides, and that'll be the determining factor." Yoenis Cespedes, who has started at designated hitter in each of the last five games, could return to the outfield for Wednesday's series finale. He is hitting .500 (10-for-20) with seven RBIs in those five games and is also batting .500 (16-for-32) in nine career games against the Rangers after going 2-for-4 on Tuesday night. Worth noting
The Rangers are 16-13 when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. Despite Wednesday's series finale being a day game after Tuesday's night game, catcher Mike Napoli will start for the second straight day while Yorvit Torrealba is on paternity leave. Matt Harrison tossed his second shutout on Sunday against the Mariners, joining Brandon Morrow and Felix Hernandez as the only pitchers to throw multiple shutouts this year. He has won eight straight starts against the Mariners, the third-longest such streak against one opponent in team history, behind only Charlie Hough's 13 consecutive victories over the Indians from 1984-88 and his nine in a row over the Twins from 1981-84.