Opposing hitters are 0-for-19 against Rangers closer Joe Nathan since a single by Billy Butler on May 15. Nathan has a 0.54 ERA in his past 17 appearances since his only blown save on April 11.
Rangers catchers hit home runs in the first four games of the homestand. Yorvit Torrealba went deep in the first two games, and Mike Napoli did so on Sunday and Monday. The last time the Rangers had a home run in four straight games from their catcher was June 8-11, 2001, by Ivan Rodriguez.
Washington on the surging Angels, "Everybody knew they weren't going to stay in the cellar. They're a good team. So are the Texas Rangers. We have to take care of us. When we play them, we'll see what happens and then move on to the next one."
Outfielder Julio Borbon was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin on Tuesday. He was riding a 15-game hitting streak before he was injured.
Class A Myrtle Beach outfielder Jake Skole has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week. Skole hit .500 last week, going 8-for-16 in six games with two home runs, four runs scored five RBIs, four walks and a pair of doubles. Skole was the Rangers' first round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.