If the Rangers are going to win consecutive games for the first time since July 7-9, they will have to do so against a familiar face.
C.J. Wilson, who spent the first seven years of his career as a member of the Rangers, will face his former team as the Angels attempt to even the series.
Los Angeles enters Tuesday's game 12 games under .500 and many are counting them out, but the team still believes it has a chance, and winning divisional contests are now a must.
"It gives you a bit of an underdog persona, yeah," Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo said. "There is a bit of freedom in not having a big target on your back the whole time, although it's nice to be the team in the driver's seat. There's a little less pressure on us now, obviously."
Rangers manager Ron Washington has admitted that he does not believe the Angels will catch the first-place A's, but that does not mean the Rangers are looking past them.
"They're struggling," Washington said. "We're struggling too, but we never take the Angels lightly, especially when they play us."
And that matchup between Wilson and his former teammates?
Well, Rangers starter Derek Holland is not worried about it. Instead, he is simply focusing on helping his team win a ballgame.
"It's just one more thing to talk about, like when I faced Josh [Hamilton] for the first time," Holland said. "My job is to go out there and pitch and give our team a chance to win. I've got to outduel him. I'm sure he wants to stay out there longer than me, just like I want to stay out there longer than him. He has been pitching well. I have to match him pitch for pitch."
While Holland has recorded six straight quality starts, Wilson has posted a 7-1 record and 1.96 ERA in his past eight starts.
Angels: Downs dealt to Atlanta
Scott Downs' name had been mentioned in several trade rumors and on Monday, the dominoes fell into place.
Prior to Monday's game against the Rangers, the Angels traded Downs to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Minor League reliever Cory Rasmus.
Downs, pitching in the final season of his contract, appeared in 43 games for the Angels this season and posted a 1.84 ERA.
Rasmus, who was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake, had 14 saves and a 1.72 ERA in 36 2/3 innings for the Braves' Triple-A affiliate.
Rangers: Ramirez, Berkman unlikely to provide immediate relief
The Rangers are struggling to score runs, but it appears they will have to look beyond Lance Berkman and Manny Ramirez.
Berkman is currently on the disabled list with inflammation in his left hip and back and "is not close at this point," according to general manager Jon Daniels.
Meanwhile, Ramirez has hit .269 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his 18 games with Triple-A Round Rock.
"Manny's been a good teammate," Daniels said. "But we don't have plans to call him up. The reports don't justify that."
• In five career games against the Rangers, Wilson has a 7.65 ERA over 20 innings.
• Several Angels hitters have had success against Holland. Howie Kendrick is batting .372 (16-for-43), Alberto Callaspo is at .353 (12-for-34) and Mike Trout has posted a .316 average (6-for-19) against the left-hander.
• In seven games against his former club, Hamilton is batting .379 (11-for-29), including a two-RBI single on Monday.