We've now hit the middle of the summer in the 2012 season in our Texas Rangers timeline. Here's a look at some of the highlights from those two months:
June 2: After the Rangers' sloppy 3-2 loss to the Angels in Anaheim, manager Ron Washington called a rare team meeting. He reminded his squad to make the fundamental plays and that they weren’t playing to their capabilities.
June 3: Hamilton is named AL player of the month for May after a league-high 12 homers and 32 RBIs. He also hit .344 for the month. Nelson Cruz hit the longest homer hit in the big leagues at that point, 484 feet way up the hill in left-center in Anaheim.
June 4: The MLB draft begins and the Rangers take Lewis Brinson and Joey Gallo with their first two picks. The club signs all of its first 10 picks.
June 7: Derek Holland is placed on the DL with left shoulder fatigue and Alexi Ogando is tabbed to take his place in the rotation. The A’s beat Yu Darvish and take three of four from the Rangers in Oakland.
June 10: Ogando injures his groin trying to beat out a hit in a start against San Francisco and has to come out of the game after three perfect innings. He ends up on the DL. The Rangers take two of three from the Giants.
June 19: TV broadcaster Dave Barnett undergoes tests after an on-air issue the previous night in San Diego. He does not return to the booth in 2012. Steve Busby takes his place with Matt Hicks joining Eric Nadel on radio.
June 23: Roy Oswalt makes his Rangers debut. He gives up one run in six innings in a 4-1 Texas win.
June 24: Texas gets its 22nd sellout of the season, breaking the club record for sellouts set in 1994.
June 26: Lewis is placed on the disabled list with forearm tendinitis. Martin Perez is called up in his place.
July 1: Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are voted into the All-Star game as starters for the AL squad, leading a club-record eight players into the game (Darvish would get voted in by fans a few days later). It’s the fifth straight All-Star Game start for Hamilton. LHP Matt Harrison, closer Joe Nathan, second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Elvis Andrus also make the team.
July 2: Harrison is named AL pitcher of the month for June after going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in six starts. He had 24 strikeouts and 10 walks and opponents hit .224 against him.
July 3: Roy Oswalt gives up 11 runs (nine of them earned) on 13 hits -- both career-highs -- in a 19-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
July 7: Derek Holland returns from the disabled list and gets a quality start, allowing three runs in six innings in a 4-3 Rangers win in 10 innings over the Twins. Nelson Cruz’s walkoff double ended a five-game losing streak.
July 8: Jurickson Profar hit a home run and Mike Olt had an RBI double in the Futures Game as part of All-Star week festivities. Later that night, Ian Kinsler hit a walkoff single in the 13th to give the Rangers a win over the Twins right before the All-Star break.
July 10: The NL beats the AL, 8-0. All of the Rangers play except for Darvish.
July 18: Lewis is activated off the DL to start against the Oakland A’s. After three weeks on the DL with forearm tendinitis, Lewis allowed one run in five innings.
July 22: The Rangers lose to the Angels in the final game of a three-game series and are five games up in the AL West as they leave Anaheim.
July 23: Lewis has a torn flexor tendon in his elbow that will require surgery, ending his season. It’s a huge blow to the club. Lewis was the team’s best postseason pitcher in 2010 and 2011. Perez is called up to pitch in his place.
July 27: One of the bigger fish in the trade deadline pond landed in Los Angeles with the Angels as Zack Greinke was dealt to the Rangers’ AL West rival. Josh Hamilton was 0-for-4 against the White Sox and his average dipped to .145 in July. Some of the fans in Arlington booed the slugger after he struck out in the game.
July 29: The Rangers beat the White Sox, 2-0, but lose the series. The offense is struggling to score runs consistently as the Angels get set to arrive for a big four-game series.
July 30: Texas falls, 15-8, to the Angels and see their lead in the AL West drop to four games. The club acquires catcher Geovany Soto and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for minor-league pitcher Jake Brigham and a player to be named or cash.
July 31: About 10 minutes before the trade deadline, the Rangers acquire Ryan Dempster from the Cubs for minor leaguers Christian Villanueva (third baseman) and RHP Kyle Hendricks. Dempster gives the Rangers a veteran in the rotation that posted a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts in the NL in 2012. The Rangers announce that Neftali Feliz, scratched from his rehab start two days ago, will have Tommy John surgery. The Angels beat the Rangers, 6-2, to climb to within three games of the AL West lead.