Extra Bases: Downplaying the sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep Wednesday of the two-time defending champion Oakland Athletics, but they downplayed the accomplishment.

After all, it is still April, and the Rangers have 140 more games to play.

"It's three games," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "There's no big significance because we never know what it will be the next time we meet. We're very happy that we were able to come up in here and win three games. We won three games because we played well.

"Yes we're happy for today, but I want to be happy against Seattle. I want to be happy against Oakland when we go back. There are a lot of games left to be played. Yes we're pleased we got three ballgames in here, but we have to continue to play baseball."

The Rangers have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series Friday at Seattle. After that they return home Monday and open a three-game series with Oakland.

The Rangers moved a half-game ahead of the A's and into first place in the West for the first time since Sept. 5 last season. They had two one-run victories before left-hander Martin Perez pitched a three-hit shutout Wednesday as Texas capped the series with a 3-0 win.

Did the Rangers make a statement with their sweep of Oakland?

"A statement? I don't think so," Rangers right fielder Alex Rios said. "We played very well these three games and we showed the good effort that we put forth."

Trade winds: The Rangers acquired career minor league outfielder Dan Robertson on Wednesday from the San Diego Padres in a trade for cash considerations. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine explained the move.

"This is an opportunity for us to add to the depth of the organization, which has been struck so hard with injuries," Levine said.

Robertson has 131 career stolen bases in the minor leagues and can play all three outfield spots, as well as second base, Levine said. He called Robertson a "very scrappy" and versatile player who should be a good fit for the way Washington likes to manage.