BALTIMORE -- The Texas Rangers have seven straight games the next week (Monday through Sunday), and all but one of them -- Saturday's game in Arlington vs. the Angels -- are at night. They play a four-game series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles before welcoming C.J. Wilson, Albert Pujols and the Angels for a three-game series in Arlington. A brief look ahead:
* For the past few weeks, Baltimore and Tampa Bay have been battling for the top spot in the AL East. The Toronto Blue Jays are in third, meaning the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are at the bottom of the division, though no one is running away with it at this point.
* The four games in Baltimore ends a 10-game, 11-day road trip for the Rangers. When they return home, they'll play seven games against three different teams (three games vs. LAA, two vs. Kansas City, two vs. Oakland).
* The Rangers will see some former teammates in Baltimore. Former manager Buck Showalter is the skipper for the Orioles, and first baseman Chris Davis is batting .299 and has five homers this season. He had an interesting Sunday, getting his first big league win as a pitcher. Yes, a pitcher. Read about that here. Tommy Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA, and relievers Pedro Strop and Darren O'Day are also on the roster. Endy Chavez is also on the team, so it has a Texas flavor.
* The Rangers are expecting big crowds -- likely sellouts -- for all three of the games against the Angels. If you're coming, get to the park early. If the rotations hold, C.J. Wilson would face Yu Darvish on Friday night, which should be a neat atmosphere in Arlington. Darvish got his first big league loss on Sunday in Cleveland.
* The Angels will get the benefit of an off day onThursday before the series vs. Texas this weekend. LAA plays Minnesota for three games at Target Field before the off day in Texas.
* Will Albert Pujols heat up prior to arriving in Texas? He's struggled this season, but finally hit his first home run of the season on Sunday. Will that be the jolt he needs to start heating up?
* Adrian Beltre had a pinch-hit HR on Saturday in Cleveland and appears closer to getting back in the lineup every day. Look for him to make his mark in Baltimore.