Rangers Week In Pictures

The Rangers looked to end the month of June on a winning note with games against the Detroit Tigers and two of four against the Boston Red Sox this weekend. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at snapshots from the past week of Texas Rangers baseball.

Jerry Hairston Jr. and Marlon Byrd celebrate after the final out of Monday's 8-3 victory over the Tigers. Byrd drove in three runs in the game and Jerry Hairston's two-run homerun in the ninth inning put the game out of reach. The win also ended Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman's unbeaten streak at 17 games.

On Sunday, Michael Young as named to the American League All-Star team for a fourth consecutive year. Although the MVP of last years Midsummer Classic was hitting .210 as late as May 3rd, the shortstop rebounded with a .296 average the rest of May and batted .361 in June. He ended up worse for wear in this play on Tuesday night when Curtis Granderson of the Tigers slid in safely with a stolen base.

Brad Wilkerson accepts congratulations from Gerald Laird and Victor Diaz after connecting for a three-run homer in Tuesday's 9-6 victory.

Pitching coach Mark Connor and head trainer Jamie Reed escort Willie Eyre from the mound on Tuesday evening after he was hit in the chest by a line drive off the bat of Placido Polanco. Eyre was making his first career start after 62 games in a major league uniform.

Marlon Byrd slides as he misplays the catch on a double by Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the fourth inning Friday night.

The Fenway faithful watch with Sammy Sosa as his solo homerun heads over the Green Monster in the fifth inning of Saturday's game. His 14th homer of the year broke a 4-4 tie and put the Rangers ahead for good in a 5-4 victory. Texas managed to pound out 10 hits off Josh Beckett and sent the All-Star pitcher to just his second loss of the season.

Gerald Laird meets Eric Gagne after the final out of Saturday's victory in Boston. He would go on to record another save the following day, and is 10 for 10 on the year in save chances for the Rangers.

On Sunday afternoon, Frank Catalanotto slides home safely with what would be the winning run thanks to a 6th inning Brad Wilkerson double off the Green Monster.

Kameron Loe delivers a pitch during Sunday's 2-1 victory over the Red Sox. Loe allowed one run to score over six innnings of work en route to picking up his fifth win of the year. The righty had a 7.40 ERA before being optioned down to Triple-A Oklahoma on June 7th, but has posted a 1.95 ERA since returning to the big league club.

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