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ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Texas Rangers singles against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 29 2010 in Arlington Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON TX - SEPTEMBER 29: Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Texas Rangers singles against the Seattle Mariners in the eighth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 29 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Your 2010 Texas Rangers...always finding new and creative ways to win ballgames.  The walk-off strikeout was a new one for me, but I'll take a 6-5 victory.

Anthony Andro's game story talks about the wacky K-WP-error sequence that won the game. 

T.R. Sullivan's game story notes that the victory came with a price, as David Murphy strained his left groin yesterday, and had to go for an MRI.  His situation won't be known until later today.

Evan Grant writes about what Murphy's injury could mean to the Rangers' in the postseason, with Grant suggesting a Julio Borbon/Jeff Francoeur platoon being likely, and Esteban German being on the bench.

Sullivan's notes include talk on Elvis Andrus getting extra time off this week, Frank Francisco being unavailable for the ALDS, and Mark Lowe's emergence as a potential bullpen candidate for the playoff roster.

Andro writes that Josh Hamilton is hoping to be in the lineup on Friday, after making more progress on his return from his rib/back injury from crashing into the wall.

Richard Durrett takes a look at what the Rangers are going to do at first base for the playoffs, with Jorge Cantu apparently likely to platoon with either Mitch Moreland or Chris Davis.

Jeff Wilson has a story on Bud Selig's visit to TBIA yesterday, and includes this rather eye-opening quote from the Commissioner on the previous ownership:

"Tom came in in '98, if my memory serves correct, and certainly had some success at various times," Selig said. "It was time for a change, and change will be helpful not only to the franchise but to all of baseball."



The Rangers' website has a story on Ranger first rounder Jake Skole, and his first professional season.