Rangers notes: Ogando looking for support at home

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It’s been almost a month since Alexi Ogando made his lone start at Rangers Ballpark. He’s been a road warrior so far this season, making four consecutive starts away from home.

He has not earned a win in any of those starts, and the Rangers have lost three of the last four games he’s started. But it’s not because Ogando has pitched poorly.

In fact, Ogando has turned in two straight quality starts. He held the Twins to three runs on four hits over six innings on Sunday, his biggest mistake coming on a two-run homer by Justin Morneau in the sixth. But the Rangers’ offense was shut out.

“He threw the ball well in Minnesota, we just didn’t put any runs on the board for him,” manager Ron Washington said. “We’ve just got to bust out and put some runs on the board for him and he’ll be better off.”

Ogando has been supported by only 2.53 runs on average, fifth-lowest mark in the American League. That could change Saturday, though.

The Rangers have traditionally fared well against Red Sox starter John Lackey, who has a career 6.16 ERA against the Rangers and a 6.68 ERA at Rangers Ballpark.

“We have, but you never know what’s going to happen that day,” Washington said.

Aggressive running

The Rangers are not going to be passive on the base paths, Ron Washington said, which will lead to them running into an occasional out.

There will also be bumps along the way, such as the base-running mistake made by Mitch Moreland in the third inning on Thursday when he was doubled off from left field after Craig Gentry lined out. In the long run it will pay off, Washington said.

“I certainly told [Moreland] I don’t want him to back off, he’ll figure it out,” Washington said. “I’m going to make sure I keep the leg chains and handcuffs off so he can do it.”

Familiar faces

Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan spent the previous six seasons with the Red Sox. His first year with the team ended with a World Series championship in 2007, while his last was a last-place finish.

But Magadan enjoyed his time in Boston and is happy to see the organization getting back on track.

“They’ve went through a lot the last couple of years, but we went through a lot more good times than bad times,” Magadan said. “It’s good to see them having fun again, but hopefully they don’t have any fun the next three days.”

Berkman on Oswalt

Roy Oswalt did not endear himself to the Rangers’ fan base last season. He didn’t pitch as well as anticipated and expressed displeasure when he was moved from the rotation to the bullpen.

But Lance Berkman has a different view on Oswalt, as both were teammates with the Astros from 2001-10. And Berkman is happy to see Oswalt back in baseball. The Colorado Rockies signed the veteran right-hander on Thursday.

“He pitched so many big games for us and was our go-to guy for so many years in Houston,” Berkman said. “The game gets more challenging the older you get. The guys get younger that you’re competing against and your body betrays you from time to time.

“But I think if he’s healthy, he’s really going to help the Rockies win. He is a great competitor and just a pro.”

Drew Davison, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @drewdavison

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