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MLB Standings 2012: Rangers Out To Big Early Lead In AL West

While the Texas Rangers have come back to earth a bit over the last few weeks, their fast start to 2012 has them blowing away the rest of the AL West with one-sixth of the season now in the books.

The LA Angels were supposed to be their main threat to winning a third consecutive division crown after adding Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, but they're currently in last place, a full seven games back of Texas at 14-18

The Rangers, meanwhile, have the best record in MLB at 20-10, a half-game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays, LA Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. Their run differential of +65 trails only St. Louis' +75; the next highest mark are the Atlanta Braves at +24.

Oakland and Seattle have both performed to about expectations, hovering around .500 at 16-15 and 15-18 respectively. And with a pivotal three-game series between Texas and LA set to begin in Arlington in Friday, the AL West race could be over by Memorial Day.

For more coverage of the two-time defending AL champions, head on over to Lonestar Ball.

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