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In five games against Anaheim this year, the Rangers have played four one-run games and one two-run game.  You always want to do better than one of three against a division rival, even on the road, but this was the most likely outcome this week, and the Rangers are still sitting with a 3.5 game lead.

In Jeff Wilson's game story, C.J. Wilson says that the Rangers are better than the Angels.

Rhett Bollinger's game story has Wilson lamenting the four walks he allowed, increasing his league-leading walk total.

Richard Durrett has his thoughts up on yesterday's game.

Evan Grant says that the Rangers' torried June bodes well for their post-season chances, since the only team in the last 25 years to play so well in a month and not make the playoffs was the 1998 Angels, who were edged out by the Rangers.

Bengie Molina will be the Rangers' starting catcher as of today, and Mike Scioscia had praise yesterday for Molina's skills behind the plate.

The S-T's notes include Dennis Gilbert saying he won't be attending the mediation next week, and an update on Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando's roles with the team.

The notes on the Rangers' website include Rich Harden saying yesterday, after a bullpen session, that this is the healthiest he's ever felt, and an update on Pedro Strop being recalled.

The latest edition of Darren O'Day's diary is up at ESPN Dallas.