ARLINGTON -- One game past the halfway point of the 2011 season, the Rangers are hoping to improve on their 43-39 mark over the course of a 10-game homestand that began with Friday's contest against the Marlins. The homestand dovetails with the All-Star Break, so Texas players who are not chosen by Rangers -- and American League All-Star -- manager Ron Washington stand to have nearly two weeks in the comfort of their own homes. "Hopefully we can get some momentum leading into the second half," Michael Young said. "We always play well in our own park, and we played good ball in Houston, so I think it's important to us to get some momentum."
With the calendar turning to July, the Rangers are in first place in the AL West, despite some uneven play, particularly away from Arlington. "We've spent a lot of the first half on the road, had a lot of road trips, and we've been alright," Young said. "Hopefully we can take advantage of the time at home."