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The Rangers are in Tampa, and we've got a lot of stuff this morning, in anticipation of the Rangers first playoff appearance in 11 years...

Anthony Andro has some notes up at the S-T website, with the big item being an update on David Murphy, who ran yesterday at 50-60% speed.  It sounds like we'll have a better idea today if Murphy is going to be ready to go for this series, but either way, he'll sit tomorrow, as Jeff Francoeur will start Game 1.

T.R. Sullivan has notes from yesterday's workout, and says among other things that the Rangers appear to be leaning towards having Derek Holland and Dustin Nippert on the playoff roster, with the big decision remaining being whether to go with a 6 man bullpen and keep Esteban German, or go with a 7th reliever, either Michael Kirkman or Clay Rapada.

Evan Grant offers his projected playoff roster, although he says there are three players vying for the final roster spot.

Jeff Caplan discusses the relevance of experience in a playoff series.

Sullivan has a story on the confidence and toughness the Rangers have shown in getting to the playoffs.

Evan Grant writes that Tropicana Field is one of the stranger places in the majors to play baseball.

Ray Buck has a piece that hits on the catwalks, the Rangers' charter flight to Tampa, and the relationship between Michael Young and Rudy Jaramillo.

Sullivan has a story about the Rangers' rotation, saying that the Rangers may have the best top four of any team still in the A.L. playoffs.

Jeff Wilson talks about the importance of Josh Hamilton to this team, with Ron Washington being quoted as saying the rest of the team feeds off of Hamilton when he's in the lineup.

Lyle Spencer of writes that the Rays are planning to use their speed to put pressure on the Ranger defense.

Jim Reeves has a column on the 1977 Rangers season, when they won 94 games yet still finished well out of first place.

And Jennifer Floyd Engel has a column on why the Rangers can beat the Rays.