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Might as well end the first half the same way October will end
Might as well end the first half the same way October will end

Well I didn't think the Rangers were going to win. Regardless, it was nice to see the Rangers pull that one out and go into the All-Star break with a win and a series victory.

Christian Corona recaps the 13 inning affair that saw Michael Young play the role of hero for the first time in too long.

Clint Foster Reacts Rapidly to the Rangers 4-3 extra innings victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Jeff Wilson's game summary reminds me that Roy Oswalt started last night's game. Also, the Rangers were completely dominated by someone named Cole De Vries. That seems like weeks ago now in retrospect.

Behind the DMN paywall, Evan Grant writes that the Rangers seem worn out and that the All-Star break is coming at a good time for the team. It's hard to argue.

Wilson chronicles the bizarre weather delay that included the now hilarious moment where thunder was so loud at the Ballpark that Ron Washington thought he had died.

T.R. Sullivan writes about Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt's day at the Futures Game yesterday. Profar went 2-3 with a home run. A hard liner right at the right fielder was all that kept Profar from going 3-3. Olt went 1-5 with an RBI double and made a couple of nice plays at 3B. All in all, the Rangers were well represented. Had the World Team won, Profar probably would have been named the game's MVP.

Behind the DMN paywall, Gerry Fraley writes about the embarrassment of riches the Rangers currently have at the shortstop position with Elvis Andrus possibly the best shortstop in the American League and Porfar possibly the best prospect in baseball. Feeling that that's too positive, Fraley makes sure to note that a decision looms on which one to keep.

Richard Durrett has a piece on All-Star closer Joe Nathan being really awesome.

Drew Davison tears open old wounds by asking: Did stupid All-Star Game rules cost the Rangers a World Series championship?

Corona's Notebook covers the Rangers' rotation coming out of the All-Star break, injured pitcher updates, and Robbie Ross's All-Star injury substitution chances, among other notes.

Wilson's notes cover Colby Lewis' return after the break, Alexi Ogando's status, Darvish's stamina, and the current lineup configuration.

Lastly, the DMN takes a look at the previous week of the Rangers' top 12 prospects. So many of these people are pictured with Rangers uniforms now.

Enjoy DingerFest 2012 tonight.