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The BP Playoff Odds Report has the Rangers as having a 98.05% chance of winning the A.L. West right now.

Jeff Wilson says that the Rangers haven't played as many games this season as well as they did yesterday, with solid hitting, pitching, and defense leading to the 7-3 win.

T.R. Sullivan's game story says that, while the Rangers aren't going to get Manny Ramirez, they do have David Murphy and Julio Borbon, who contributed significantly to last night's win.

Evan Grant says that, while the race isn't "officially" over, and the Rangers haven't officially clinched, for all intents and purposes, the A.L. West race is over...the Rangers are going to win.

The bad news from yesterday is that Frank Francisco had to be removed with an injury. Frankie is supposed to have an MRI on his rib cage, and while he may not go on the disabled list, since rosters expand on Wednesday anyway, he may be limited the rest of the way.

That would likely mean that Alexi Ogando would fill in for Frankie as the 8th inning guy, and Tanner Scheppers could potentially get brought up to audition for the 7th inning role.  I thought that Scheppers would surely be up by now, and would likely be on the playoff roster, but we've yet to see him...he's seemed to be running out of gas late in the season, so the Rangers may decide not to use a 40 man roster spot on him and instead let him stay in the minors all year, and take a look at him in 2011.

Jeff Wilson's notes from yesterday include discussion of the Rangers putting in a waiver claim on Manny Ramirez, a move that could have put new ownership on the hook for $4 million, along with Ian Kinsler going out on a rehab assignment and the possibility of extra rest for Cliff Lee after his Tuesday start.

Anthony Andro writes that, while the Rangers still have to decide where to slot Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz in the lineup when both return, one thing that is a given is that they won't be hitting third, which is Josh Hamilton's spot.