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The Yankees just beat the A’s 5-0, making the Rangers’ division lead 10 games. This is only the second time in the entire history of the franchise the Rangers have had a division lead this large. If the Rangers win or the A’s lose tomorrow, it will surpass the 29 hour and 34 minute record for holding a 10 game lead; if both happen, it would stand alone as the biggest lead in franchise history.

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Despite set backs, the march towards perhaps the most memorable Rangers season ever continues. With all due respect to Evan Grant, I say feel free to be comfortable. Worry about the playoffs, even worry about home field advantage, just don’t bother worrying about the division. There’s less than a 2% chance of the Rangers not playing in October. Even injuries to Josh Hamilton or the bullpen, or a Cliff Lee collapse, or a tough schedule, or a lack of “urgency” almost certainly will not keep it from happening.

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And I’m not going out on a limb.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.