Posted August 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
The Texas Rangers are coming off a much-needed day off. Facing the rested AL West leaders is the last thing the Cleveland Indians need. The Rangers' Ryan Dempster looks for a third straight impressive start Friday night as he tries to extend the Indians' longest home losing streak of 2012. Coming off a 7-3 stretch in Arlington, Texas (77-53) begins its 10-game trip with a four-game divisional lead over surging Oakland, which defeated the Indians 12-7 on Thursday. While Cleveland manager Manny Acta could be on the hot seat following his team's 14th loss in 15 games, Texas manager Ron Washington is eyeing a third straight West title. The Rangers are hardly a lock to make that happen - seven of their last 10 games are against the Athletics - but Washington likes where they're at following a stretch of 20 games in as many days. "If we can continue to win series, we'll be right where we want to be,'' he said following Wednesday's 8-4 loss to Tampa Bay. Dempster (3-1, 5.46 ERA) has...
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