Rangers Hot, Now What ?

Texas Rangers' Marlon Byrd, left, runs to get a double by Oakland Athletics' Jack Cust that scored Bobby Crosby in the second inning of a baseball game on Monday, May 28, 2007, in Oakland, Calif. At right is Rangers' Kenny Lofton, who could not make the catch.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - No team won more games than the Texas Rangers over the past month.
The Rangers -- before the All-Star break -- won six of their
last seven series.
That winning surge has provided a sense of optimism going
forward under rookie manager Ron Washington -- after the Rangers
got off to such a horrible start.
It's created an interesting scenario for a team that was 19
games under .500 in mid-June.
The Rangers were seemingly ready to listen to trade offers for
key players like Mark Teixeira, Eric Gagne, Kenny Lofton and Sammy
Sosa.
Washington says they feel like -- when the second half of the
season starts -- they'll just continue to play good baseball and
see where they stand.
The 38-and-50 Rangers, unless there's a big second-half
comeback, will miss the playoffs for the eighth straight season.
Texas has a lot of ground to make up just to finish with a
winning record for only the second time since 1999.
General manager Jon Daniels has to balance the strides that have
been made this season with building for the future - and the pieces
that can be added for that by dealing.
Even after their 15-and-8 stretch, the Rangers are still buried
in last place 15 games behind the A-L West-leading Los Angeles
Angels.