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The first place Texas Rangers

Oakland knocked off the Angels last night, 5-3, so the Rangers are now in a 3-way tie for first place in the A.L. West.

Pretty remarkable, given the start to the season the Rangers had.

John Rheinecker is set to get the start today. The Rangers will have to make a roster move to make room for him, and after his 3 inning outing yesterday, C.J. Wilson would seem to be the obvious choice, since he won't be available for a few days and can be optioned.

Jim Reeves looks at the Rangers after their recent West Coast trip, noting that this was the first time the Rangers have posted a winning record in a road trip of at least 9 games in four years, and praising the top three in the rotation for providing a solid foundation for this team.

He also says that the Rangers are missing David Dellucci and Alfonso Soriano -- who had three homers last night -- although I still think that, despite Soriano's hot start and Brad Wilkerson's early struggles, the trade was a very good one. Soriano has always been very streaky, and I expect he'll cool down before too long.

The Rangers' huge offensive performance yesterday, it turns out, was preceded by a visit from Rudy Jaramillo, who visited the clubhouse before the game. Jaramillo is apparently recuperating well, and could be back in a few weeks. Richard Durrett says that Jaramillo is planning to return to the team on May 12.