ARLINGTON, Texas August is historically when the Rangers have wilted, but so far this year the dog days have brought back their old bark.
Several of the Rangers' upward trends were evident in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Tigers.
They got great pitching from a formerly erratic starter, Yu Darvish. They jumped on the Tigers early, building a 6-0 lead after four innings. And Josh Hamilton hit his 32nd homer to continue his improvement at the plate.
After a dreadful July, when the Rangers went 9-14, the Rangers are now 8-3 in August and their AL West lead has swelled to 6 games over second-place Oakland.
Manager Ron Washington traces the turnaround to back-to-back losses to the Angels on the last two days of July: a 15-8 romp and a 6-2 smothering.
"We got a wakeup call against the Angels," Washington said. "They challenged us and we realized we weren't playing to our capabilities. So we got back focused.
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