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The 2010 regular season seems to have gone by in a blink.  And by any measure, 2010 has to be considered a success...the Rangers have the third-highest win total in team history, won their fourth division title, and are heading for the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.

It feels good to be a Rangers fan right now.

Anthony Andro's game story says the Rangers got what they wanted from Sunday's game, which was a solid tuneup performance by Colby Lewis and the opportunity for Josh Hamilton to get some innings in before the playoffs.  Andro also has updates on David Murphy and Chris Davis, recovering from injury and illness, respectively.

T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers are ready to focus on taking on the Rays in the ALDS.

Evan Grant says that, ultimately, it didn't really matter whether the Rangers faced the Rays or the Yankees in the playoffs, as the Rangers can match up with either team.  He also notes that, while fans may still be scarred by the three playoff losses to the Yanks in the late 90s, the longest-tenured Ranger, Michael Young, wasn't even in the organization at that time (although Darren Oliver was around for one of those series).

Jeff Wilson talks about the matchup between the Rays and the Rangers.

T.R. Sullivan writes that this is why the Rangers got Cliff Lee -- to be their #1 starter in the playoffs.

Richard Durrett offers his thoughts on who should be on the Rangers' ALDS roster.

Gil Lebreton says the Rangers will look better against the Rays than they did in August, when they were playing short-handed, and also has words for Torii Hunter after Hunter complained about the way the Rangers pulled their regulars one by one in the sixth inning yesterday.

The Rangers' website notes talk about attendance, Mitch Moreland's hot streak, and David Murphy's progress, among other things.

Jean-Jacques Taylor has a column grousing about how Ron Washington doesn't get enough credit for the Rangers' success.

The DMN has a story about Josh Hamilton's bouncing back from his relapse in 2009.

Durrett has a column on the Rangers good fortune in having Nelson Cruz clear waivers in 2008, allowing him to stay in the organization and ultimately become an All Star.