The Rangers went into Saturday's game hitting .234 with a .327 slugging percentage in 13 July games. But manager Ron Washington has no plans to make changes to the batting order. "Everybody wants to shake up the lineup, but my experience is that when I woke up in the morning and I was in a certain spot in the lineup, it helped me a lot," Washington said. "I knew what my job was. With this lineup, there's really nothing I can do with it. They are all in the best places I can put them." On Saturday, the Rangers' hitters proved Washington right, knocking 15 hits and scoring nine runs. Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and an RBI double to snap a 2-for-21 skid, and Mike Napoli's two-homer game was a second straight big game after a lull. Adrian Beltre is hitting .436 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 55 at-bats against Haren. That's the highest batting average of any active player with at least 25 at-bats against him. David Murphy isn't far behind at 9-for-22, and Elvis Andrus is 9-for-24. Mitch Moreland is expected to begin a medical rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Monday. Angels: Outfield about to crowd
Before Vernon Wells headed out Saturday on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment that likely will last about a week, Scioscia wanted to make sure he discussed what awaits Wells when he returns to active duty with the Angels after being on the DL with a thumb injury. With the Angels' full in the outfield and at DH, the situations will be limited for the veteran, be it DH against lefties or to give right fielder Torii Hunter a day off here and there. "I think he wants to contribute, he wants to make us a better team," Scioscia said. "Right now, everyday at-bats aren't there for him. He understands that. "We'll look at it when that situation happens. We're still a little bit away. A week in this game could be a lifetime." Mike Trout scored a run in his 13th consecutive game Saturday, tying an Angels and American League rookie record, putting those marks in jeopardy Sunday. Worth noting
The Rangers edged ahead with a 4-3 advantage in the 19-game season series with Saturday's victory. After Sunday's finale, the teams will face each other again after just two more series, meeting in Texas for a four-game set on July 30. Following Sunday's game, the Angels continue an extended homestand with the Royals coming in for three and the Rays in for three, with a Thursday off-day in between. The Rangers head home for an extended stay of their own, a 10-game stand that begins Monday with the first of three games against the Red Sox.