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With 89 wins, the 2010 Rangers have tied their 4th highest win total in team history.  Only the '99 Rangers, the '96 Rangers, and the '77 Rangers won more games in a season.

Ray Buck's game story says Cliff Lee looked playoff ready last night, as did Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz.

T.R. Sullivan says in his game story that Lee showed last night why the Rangers traded for him to head up their playoff rotation.

Jeff Wilson's game notes indicate that Josh Hamilton will play the field tonight, bat third, and get pulled after 6 innings, then will DH tomorrow and play the field Sunday.  Good news, and hopefully this will be enough time for Josh to shake off the rust before the playoffs.

Sullivan says Hamilton is fired up about getting back into the lineup.

Wilson writes that the Rangers, after initially indicating that Cliff Lee would go on short rest in Game 4 of the ALDS, have decided to go with Tommy Hunter in Game 4, and use Lee in Game 5.  The decision apparently was made because of Lee's never having gone on short rest in the majors, and the poor track record in the playoffs over the last 10 years of pitchers pitching on short rest.

Personally, I think this is probably the right decision.  Hunter plus Lee on regular rest is probably better than Lee on short rest and C.J. Wilson, although either way is defensible. 

Sullivan's notes talks about Mark Lowe's emergence as a playoff bullpen option, the decision to use Hunter as a playoff starter, and Jorge Cantu and Jeff Francoeur getting scratched from last night's game due to being sick.

The DMN has a collection of photos, player info, and memorable moments from this season up at their website.

Randy Galloway has a column on the rally monkey, the claw and antlers, and Cliff Lee.