OAKLAND -- Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando was close to making his second relief appearance of the season on Wednesday. He was warming up in the sixth inning while C.J. Wilson was in a bit of trouble on the mound. But Wilson got out of the inning without giving up a run and that was it for Ogando. He sat down and Koji Uehara took over for Wilson in the seventh. "That was Ogando's work day," manager Ron Washington said. "If C.J. couldn't finish the sixth, he would have gone in. Once C.J. finished the sixth, he got his work in and was through."
Ogando is still scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the Mariners. It will be his first start since Sept. 15. Uehara pitched a scoreless seventh, retiring the side in order. He still has a 4.80 ERA in 18 appearances for the Rangers while allowing five home runs. But he has allowed just one run in his last six outings with eight strikeouts in 41/3 innings. "I think he's been doing some good things down there," Washington said. "A couple of innings didn't go right. It happens. He never wavered in his confidence and we never wavered in our confidence."