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TEX@BOS: Ogando strikes out six in 5 2/3 frames

Reinforcements have finally arrived for a hobbled Rangers rotation.

On Monday, Texas completed a trade with the Cubs for Matt Garza and activated Yu Darvish from the disabled list. On Tuesday, the Rangers will send Alexi Ogando to the mound for the first time since June 5.

Ogando will face the Yankees in his first start since he landed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on June 9.

"He's good to go -- he hasn't had any issues with his shoulder," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He's done everything he needs to do to get ready. We expect him to keep us in the ballgame."

Ogando struggled during his rehab assignment, posting an 0-1 record and a 6.23 ERA over three starts. He fared well in his last outing, though, allowing just two runs on three hits over seven innings on Thursday.

Ogando was 4-2 with a 2.93 ERA before going on the DL, and Washington doesn't expect the right-hander to be limited now that he's back.

"He's ready to throw over 100 pitches," Washington said. "The bats of the New York Yankees will tell us how far he can go. If my ears start to hurt, I'll go get him. If I don't hear the loud sounds of their bats, we'll keep him out there."

The Yankees will send Phil Hughes to the mound to face Ogando. Hughes had an up-and-down first half of the season, going 4-9 with a 4.57 ERA, but he's always had success against Texas.

The right-hander has a 2.08 ERA in four career starts against the Rangers, and he's allowed just four runs in 18 innings at Rangers Ballpark. Hughes had one of his best starts of the season against Texas on June 27, allowing just two runs on five hits over eight innings.

"For him, similar to CC [Sabathia], it's location of his fastball," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "At times he threw the ball very well, and at times he struggled."

Yankees: Romine inching closer
• Girardi wanted to put Austin Romine behind the plate on Sunday night against the Red Sox, but a stiff neck kept the Yankees' backup catcher on the bench. After giving Romine two nights off, Girardi hopes to get him back on the field on Tuesday.

"We're dealing with [his stiff neck]," Girardi said. "Hopefully he'll be in there [on Tuesday]."

Chris Stewart started all three games against Boston and on Monday against Texas, going 2-for-12 in that stretch. Romine is batting just .158 this season, but he is 3-for-8 over his past three games.

Rangers: Andrus starts second half hot
• The All-Star break provided a much-needed few days off for Elvis Andrus, who had fallen into along slump after a hot start to the season. After batting .270 in April and May, the Rangers' shortstop hit just .208 over his next 39 games.

Andrus seems to have figured some things out after the four days off, though. He's put together a modest four-game hitting streak to start the second half of the season, batting .357 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and two stolen bases during that span. Comments