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Friday a.m. Rangers stuff

Everyone needs to take back all the bad things they've ever said about Gerald Laird.

Laird hit a home run in the 13th last night to give the Tigers a victory over the Minnesota Twins, moving the Rangers back within 1.5 games of Minnesota in the race for home field advantage in the ALDS.

And the Twins used seven relievers last night, including starting pitchers Brian Duensing and Nick Blackburn, so even with the expanded rosters of September, the Minnesota bullpen should be a little worn down for this series.

Jeff Wilson has a story up on Derek Holland, who is hoping to solidify the #5 spot in the rotation for the final month of the season.

Jennifer Floyd Engel says that C.J. Wilson deserves the A.L. Cy Young Award.

T.R. Sullivan has a new mailbag up...among other things, he assures a reader that the Rangers prospects with the Redhawks won't become Astros property if Oklahoma becomes a Houston minor league affiliate, talks about Kasey Kiker needing to "rededicate" himself to get back on the prospect map, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia being unhappy in the Rangers organization and needing a change...