Posted July 01, 2013 on AP on Fox
It was an up-and-down June for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. It was mostly down for right-hander Justin Grimm, who's hoping another start against the Seattle Mariners in Tuesday's series opener will help him and his club get off to a better start in July. Texas (48-34) entered June three games up on Oakland for the West lead, but lost 12 of 17 to fall three back of the top spot. The Rangers, though, finished the month with a half-game division lead over the Athletics after winning for the ninth time in 11 games Sunday, 3-2 over Cincinnati. "It's the best .500 month ever - to go from where we were and the stretch we knew we had in front of us," closer Joe Nathan told the Rangers' official website. "... Guys knew not to give up and keep pressing on." Grimm (7-5, 5.56 ERA) will try to do that after going 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA in five June starts. The rookie had the majors' worst ERA in that month of anyone to pitch at least 25 innings, and he's failed to make it through six in h...
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