The Rangers must be pleased that they still have eight more meetings with the Angels.
The Rangers, who have won eight of nine overall, have claimed nine of their 11 encounters with their American League West foe this season. Their 8-3 triumph over the Angels on Tuesday brought them to within one game of the Athletics in the division standings.
Whether Texas can make it 10 of 12 against Anaheim might depend on the right arm of Alexi Ogando. The 29-year-old has struggled with his command in his last three starts, during which he has totaled only 13 2/3 innings. On Friday, he walked five in four frames before exiting after 92 pitches.
"I just need to keep working hard and get my rhythm going," Ogando said. "That's what I focused on in my bullpen, and I think I've improved. But it's not something you can correct in one bullpen session. I've got to keep working so I can throw all of my pitches for strikes."
Manager Ron Washington said he has no plans to yank Ogando from the rotation. Ogando has faced the Angels once this season. On April 23, he limited the club to four runs (two earned) on six hits in seven innings.
"There has been nothing that has raised a red flag," Washington said. "We're going to keep giving him the ball."
Like Ogando, Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29 ERA) has recently found it difficult to pitch deep into games. The righty, who is slated to take the hill on Wednesday, has tossed 15 1/3 innings in three starts since returning from the disabled list.
In his last two outings, Hanson has surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) on 11 hits and eight walks in 10 innings. Hanson beat the Rangers in his first outing of the year. On April 6, he submitted a quality start, as he held Texas to three runs on six hits over six frames.
Rangers: Lewis out for the year
Right-hander Colby Lewis will have season-ending surgery on his right hip, meaning he will hit free agency without throwing a pitch during the 2013 campaign. Lewis also had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow last July.
"As much as we would love to have him back on the mound for us, we agree that he has to do what's best for his long-term health," general manager Jon Daniels said. "The guy has unbelievable pain tolerance and work ethic, and he's pushed through it as long as he could. We felt he was putting his arm at risk if he pushed any further. We certainly respect his decision."
• Neftali Feliz, making his way back from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday. The Rangers plan to bring him back as a reliever.
Angels: Kendrick avoids major injury
Howie Kendrick strained his left knee on Monday, though an MRI exam revealed that the second baseman avoided major injury.
"We'll give him about four or five days, see how it progresses," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "As far as structural damage, it looks like he's OK. Obviously, he's very, very sore, very stiff, but we'll give it a couple days to play out and see what direction we are going to go."
• Infielder Grant Green went 2-for-4 in his Angels debut on Tuesday.
• Angels outfielder Mike Trout became the first player to log three home runs off Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish when he took the right-hander deep in the first inning of Tuesday's tilt.