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What's new: After losing the World Series the past two years, the Rangers are off to a sizzling start, with an MLB-best 15-4 record and leading the AL in hitting (.295), runs (107), homers (31) and ERA (2.62). They added Japanese sensation RHP Yu Darvish to replace departed ace LHP C.J. Wilson, and added RHP Joe Nathan to an already-deep bullpen. The offense is good from top to bottom, with a mix of speed and power , keyed by red-hot OF Josh Hamilton, who is hitting .390 with eight homers and 19 RBIs.

Key stat: In 37 regular-season and postseason games against the Rays, Hamilton is hitting .218 with four homers and 25 RBIs.

Connections: Hamilton is a former Rays top prospect, 3B coach Dave Anderson is a Gibbs High product. Rays 1B Carlos Peña was Texas' first-round pick in 1988.

Series history: Rangers lead 73-57, including 43-34 in Arlington. Rangers also lead in ALDS play 6-3.

Up next for the Tampa Bay Rays: at Texas Rangers

04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:19pm]
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