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Friday a.m. Rangers things

It is all about the antlers and the claw, baby...

William Wilkerson has a story about how the Rangers' players doing the claw and the antlers has sparked a craze among fans...

On the antlers side, T.R. Sullivan has a story about the Rangers' speed being a weapon for the team, and goes impressively deep into the statistics.  Not only does he cite the Rangers' 162 infield hits and 106 advancements from first to third, both of which lead the league, he also references the Ranger outfielders' UZR as evidence of their fleetness afoot in tracking down balls to the outfield. 

It is worth a read, because it covers a topic we've discussed quite a bit (and that has led to some frustration), with Sullivan talking about the team being too aggressive on the basepaths at times, and Ron Washington saying that the aggressive mistakes made earlier in the year are paying off now, as the Rangers players have a better idea what they can and can't do.

Evan Grant has a story up about the Rangers clinching the A.L. West early, and the benefits that confers.

In the wake of there being problems with the playoff pre-sale ordering system yesterday, the deadline for the pre-sale the Rangers are having has been extended to 5:00 p.m. today.

The Rangers officially announced yesterday what had long been expected -- the team is switching its AAA affiliate to Round Rock.

Tim Cowlishaw says the Rangers have a chance in the first round of the playoffs this year.

Randy Galloway has a column praising Ron Washington, and saying that Josh Hamilton should be the team's centerfielder.