Howie Kendrick hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning and finished with four RBIs, leading the Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando was chased in the third inning, and Texas batters got only four hits as they lost to the Cubs 6-2 on a soggy afternoon in Chicago.
There have been some big changes in the Texas lineup since not winning a game last October, particularly the departure of five-time All-Star and former AL MVP Josh Hamilton, now with the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels.
Lance Berkman homered and drove in three runs, while Alexi Ogando pitched six scoreless innings as the Rangers topped the Reds 7-2.
The Rangers have remained in contact with free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse, but have resisted making an offer. That may change after some issues with their original pitching plan.
The Rangers agreed to one-year contracts with 11 players on Monday, including pitcher Alexi Ogando and first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Wednesday marks the first official workout for Rangers pitchers and catchers. Position players must report by Friday before the first full-squad workout on Saturday morning.
The Rangers have activated right-hander Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list, and he is scheduled to be available out of the bullpen for Tuesday night’s game at Oakland.
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland is going to Triple-A Round Rock for two rehabilitation starts.
Roy Oswalt signed with the Rangers and initially was said to need about four minor-league starts before he would join the team. He made his fourth minor-league start on Sunday.
The Texas Rangers are slowly starting to right the ship. After returning home from a long 10 games on the road that saw the Rangers go 4 and 6, Texas took 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Rangers placed Ogando on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, two days after he was hurt while running to first base on a bunt single at San Francisco