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Friday a.m. Rangers stuff

Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Happy Friday, you guys. I hope you are in the mood for a lot of Matt Garza rumors today.

Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi have a story about the Rangers and Cubs making headway on a possible Matt Garza trade.

Anthony Andro has a story about the Rangers being in better shape once some players get healthy and come off the disabled list in the second half, but that Jon Daniels wants to reward his team for playing hard through adversity by getting them some outside help.

One of the players getting healthy and expected to be activated from the disabled list is Alexi Ogando, who had a rehab start yesterday and pronounced himself ready to re-join the rotation.

Todd Wills has a story on the Rangers' ongoing trade talks.

Richard Durrett takes a look at Yovani Gallardo, the Milwaukee Brewers pitchers out of Fort Worth Trimble Tech who could be available via trade.

T.R. Sullivan has a list of the Rangers' top five mid-season trades in team history, with the Mark Teixeira deal and the Cliff Lee deal sitting atop the list.

Nathaniel Stoltz at FanGraphs has a write-up on Ranger pitching prospect Luke Jackson, who is one of the players rumored to be in the mix in a possible Garza deal.

Evan Grant has a slideshow on what the Rangers need to do in the second half of the season.

Jeff Wilson has a story on Ron Washington, who will pass Bobby Valentine for the most wins in team history with 8 more victories.

Sullivan's notes talk about Jeff Baker and Craig Gentry being activated for tonight's game, Lance Berkman and Manny Ramirez not being activated, and the team's pursuit of Matt Garza.

The S-T's notes talk about Baker, Gentry, Ogando, Darvish, and the Rangers' involvement in trade talks.

Wills' notes talk about Baker, Gentry, Berkman, the broadcast teams each missing a key member this weekend, and Matt Harrison throwing a bullpen session yesterday.