ARLINGTON -- After scoring a Major League-low 81 runs in a July that saw the Rangers win just nine games, they have pushed 59 runs across in eight August games, going 6-2 this month entering Friday. Josh Hamilton has driven in as many runs in August as he did in July (11) while going 6-for-13 in his last three games. Entering Friday, Ian Kinsler was batting .400 this month while Michael Young was riding a nine-game hitting streak. "They're such a big part of our ballclub and the success of our club," team president and CEO Nolan Ryan said. "If you look at all three of them over the last week or so, I think they're swinging the bats better. I think they're more productive and I think that's why we've seen the club playing on the level that it has lately."
The Rangers went into this week's series against the Tigers with a 5 1/2-game lead in the American League West despite the starting pitchers going 3-1 with a 6.56 ERA in eight starts this month. The Rangers have gotten just four quality starts in their last 13 games. "I think this year has been a unique year because we have had a lot of injuries to our starting staff, and in the past we haven't," Ryan said. "If you look at all starting pitching throughout the season, they have spells where they really throw the ball well and maintain their stuff, and then they'll go through periods where they don't throw it well and struggle."