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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Good morning, everyone...ready for some morning playoff baseball?

The Rangers beat the Blue Jays yesterday, 5-3, to take a 1-0 lead in the ALDS.

Jeff Wilson calls yesterday's win "improbable" in his game story.

T.R. Sullivan has a game report from yesterday's win, and writes about Jeff Banister's plan with his pitchers.

Jason Beck writes that Rougned Odor was in the middle of the action yesterday.

Gil Lebreton has a column on yesterday's game, and Jeff Banister deviating from the traditional roles he's had his relievers in this season.

Richard Justice has a column on how taking Game 1 shifts the dynamics of the series in favor of the Rangers.

Kevin Sherrington has three thoughts on the Rangers/Jays series.  He also has a column on Jeff Banister abandoning roles for matchups with his bullpen.

Evan Grant writes that the youngest, most inexperienced Rangers came up big yesterday.

Levi Weaver writes that, despite there being some doubts about him, Yovani Gallardo had earned the opportunity to start Game 1.

Cole Hamels, today's starter, is happy to be back in the postseason.

Adrian Beltre, meanwhile, had his postseason Game 1 cut short yesterday due to a back injury.

Doug Miller writes that, with Josh Donaldson and Adrian Beltre leaving yesterday's game with injuries, the depth of the two teams could be tested.

You can now buy pairs of Mike Napoli's flag shorts, which are being sold to raise money for charity.

Brad Townsend has a story on the journey that Shawn Tolleson has been on, going from pitching at Allen High School to now pitching for the Rangers.

Evan Grant says the decision to have Martin Perez pitch Game 3 could mean no Colby Lewis in the ALDS.

Stefan Stevenson has notes from Toronto, including suggesting that Rangers fans get it on in the windows of the hotel in the stadium during the game.