Bogar encouraged by Rangers' hot stretch

Bogar encouraged by Rangers' hot stretch

ARLINGTON -- This is September and the Rangers have been out of postseason contention since at least June. But manager Tim Bogar said the club's late-season surge still matters.

"It was definitely needed ... like big," Bogar said. "It was a big thing just because of all the negativity -- the losses, the injuries, the downtrodden thought process. Everybody had us being the worst team in baseball. Putting together this little run has made everybody feel better."

The Rangers went into Friday night's game with the Athletics having won 12 of their last 13 games and five in a row. That stretch has come against the Braves, Athletics, Angels and Astros. Only the Astros were completely out of playoff contention when the Rangers faced them.

"We knew the talent was there, but something like this has brought them closer together," Bogar said. "It's nice to see them respond that way."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.