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Friday, August 30, 2013
Stock Report: Big boost from Rios

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday, so let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down in Texas.

STOCK UP

Streaking
Pitching: The Rangers take a streak of 26 consecutive games allowing five runs or less into Friday's game against Minnesota as the starting rotation and the bullpen have been brilliant. Texas has a 20-6 record during the streak. The Rangers are the first team with this long of a streak since the 2009 Los Angeles Dodgers. Texas passed the 1980 Kansas City Royals, which had a streak of 25 in a row, with Wednesday's 12-4 victory.

Bullpen: Rangers relievers have a 2.25 ERA for their last 43 games as the bullpen also has helped springboard the Rangers into first place. The Rangers are second to Kansas City in bullpen ERA with a 3.00 mark. Texas is second in the majors with 28 wins from relievers and second with a 83.7 save percentage.

Alex Rios: The Rangers' new right fielder has provided a big boost with hits in 13 of his last 17 games. Rios has been productive with three doubles, a triple, a home run, seven RBIs and 11 runs during that stretch. Rios hit his first homer for the Rangers on Saturday.

STOCK DOWN

Slumping
Matt Garza: Garza has allowed at least four earned runs in five consecutive starts. He has a 2-2 record. Home runs have been the problem. He's allowed seven homers in 43 2/3 innings. Still, Garza is pitching deep into games and isn't a major concern at this point.

Jurickson Profar: Profar has 11 hits in his last 56 at-bats, but he had a solid game in Wednesday's win with two hits and a run scored. It's difficult to get too down on Profar, who continues to play outstanding defense.