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Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

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So...no game yesterday.  No game today.  ALCS kicks off Friday.  Lots of anticipation building, and lots of coverage out there, of course.

Buster Olney says that Cliff Lee is already in the Yankees' head, and compares this to the 1986 NLCS, when the Mets felt they had to avoid a Game 7, because they didn't think they could beat Mike Scott.  The Yankees don't want to face a must-win Game 7 having to beat Cliff Lee to get to the World Series.

Mike Lupica suggests the Yankees did their best to ensure they wouldn't see the Rangers in the first round, because they didn't want to face Lee twice in a five game set.

Jeff Wilson talks about Ron Washington as manager of the Texas Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan has a piece on the Rangers' needing Josh Hamilton and Michael Young to snap out of their slumps and come up big in this series.

Anthony Andro's notes talk about the Rangers' setting their rotation and their plan to add a lefty reliever for the ALCS.

Sullivan suggests that Michael Kirkman is the leading candidate to get that last bullpen spot.

Richard Durrett looks at the various bullpen candidates.

Randy Galloway has a column on the Rangers being able to beat the Yankees because they beat them in the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes this summer.

Kevin Sherrington talks about the claw and antlers being part of the positive Rangers chemistry.

Evan Grant takes issue with New York columnist Filip Bondy's column on the Yanks versus the Rangers.

The New York Post's notes talk about Game 4 starter A.J. Burnett hitting two different Yankees while throwing a simulated game.