Rangers Can Repeat in AL West

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Twelve months ago at the All-Star break, the Texas Rangers had a 50-38 record.

They led the American League West by a seemingly comfortable 41/2 games.

Rich Harden was taking semi-regular turns in the Rangers' starting rotation. First baseman Mitch Moreland was still at Oklahoma City.

The bullpen was on its way to a 3.38 earned-run average, second-lowest in the American League.

And America was just figuring out what prompted the claws and what brought out the antlers.

The Rangers were on their way to a charmed 2010 season, visibly buoyed by the then-recent acquisition of left-hander Cliff Lee.

But each baseball season, the Rangers have taught us, brings a different set of numbers, a different crop of challenges.

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