The Rangers came into Thursday night's game three games ahead of the Yankees in the race for best record in the American League and 3 1/2 games ahead of the A's in the AL West after Oakland avoided a sweep in Detroit with a 12-4 victory. Texas manager Ron Washington wasn't aware of Oakland's win earlier in the day. "I've been listening to my music," Washington said in his office. "You don't see the TV on, do you?"
Washington is pulling hard for Reds manager Dusty Baker to make a full recovery after being hospitalized with a heart condition. "Dusty Baker, when I first got to the big leagues, was my mentor," Washington said of his former Dodgers teammate. "Jeffrey Leonard and I came up in 1977, and Dusty showed us the ropes around the league. We've been friends ever since. I talk to him every now and then, asking for advice. I'm certainly hoping for the best for Dusty."
Roy Oswalt (sore elbow) was satisfied with a 45-pitch bullpen session before Thursday night's game and is cleared to rejoin the bullpen.