Having regained their power in their most recent series, the Texas Rangers will try to keep slugging their way toward a playoff berth.
The Rangers will try to earn some much-needed victories in a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals, another AL wild-card contender, that begins Friday night.
Texas (83-69) hit seven home runs while winning two of its final three games against Tampa Bay, the team that's tied with the Rangers atop the wild-card standings. They went deep three times in the third inning Thursday while cruising to an 8-2 victory.
Before that stretch, Texas didn't have a home run during a season-high seven straight losses.
"You can see how everything's starting to fall on track," said shortstop Elvis Andrus, who has two homers and six RBIs in the last three games. "Everybody's feeling better, relaxed out there."
The Rangers will try to keep heading in the right direction by continuing their recent success against the Royals (80-72), who are three games back...