Rangers tested with long road-heavy stretch

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers close out their series with the Mariners on Sunday and then head to Anaheim, where they open a three-game series with the Angels on Monday. After that, it's off to Minnesota for a four-game series with the Twins that starts on Thursday at Target Field.

The Rangers are into the second half of a stretch that originally called for them to play 14 of 17 games on the road. One game in Chicago was postponed by rain. It has been a unique stretch of the schedule.

"You could definitely say it's unfortunate we have to play so many road games right off the bat, especially a lot of games in cold weather cities," outfielder David Murphy said. "But as Major League players, we're very easily adaptable in experiencing things out of our control all the time. This is just one more."

The Rangers should see some reasonably mild temperatures in Anaheim. But then they fly to Minneapolis, and the forecast calls for rain and snow there on Thursday.

"It's not the most ideal part of the schedule, but you still have to perform," second baseman Ian Kinsler said.

"We look at the schedule and play it as it is," manager Ron Washington said. "We don't look at it as how they are making us do it. It's the schedule. If you start thinking of all the peripheral stuff, you're not playing baseball.

"We'll handle whatever it is. The schedule usually balances out. If we get challenged early, it's a good thing. We'll find out how tough we are."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.