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--2B Ian Kinsler was 0-for-4 in his first four at-bats against RHP Ervin Santana, but felt he was "on his slider," and made it pay off with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single that gave the Rangers the lead. Kinsler lifted a 2-and-2 slider to left field in the eighth inning. He is now 18-for-45 (.400) in his career against Santana.

--RHP Neftali Feliz, who picked up the save with a scoreless inning on Wednesday, has converted all 13 career save attempts versus the Angels. He did, however, give up a hit to Mark Trumbo to start the ninth before retiring the next three hitters. Angel hitters are now 1-for-18 against him in Los Angeles.

--OF Josh Hamilton returned to the lineup with no issues a day after leaving early with some back spasms. Hamilton said the spasms were likely the result of a long pre-game hitting session Tuesday. He went 2-for-5 on Wednesday.

--RHP Mike Adams, who did not pitch on Wednesday, leads all major league relievers (at least 50 innings) with an ERA of 1.12. The current mark would be the 13th lowest in major league history by a reliever with at least 50 innings.

--3B Adrian Beltre (hamstring) has started lightly swinging a bat in the batting cage Wednesday. Beltre has been also doing some light jogging on the field, but has not ramped up the intensity of any activities. It's likely Beltre won't return until the last week of August or when rosters can be expanded on Sept. 1.

BY THE NUMBERS
20 -- Games over .500 for the Rangers at 72-52. It's the first time they have been 20 games over .500 since the final day of the 1999 season (95-67).

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I was wound up tight the whole game, more than I've been so far this year." -- Rangers manager Ron Washington, on the tension that built up during the Rangers' close 4-3 win over Los Angeles Wednesday.

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