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Rangers Don't End It, But Are In Great Shape

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 22: Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

    A win for your Texas Rangers late Thursday night/early Friday morning would have put a ceremonious end to the AL West race after the Angels lost five games in the standings in five days.

    It appeared to be headed for that as Mike Napoli delivered a bomb off his former teammate and Angels ace Jered Weaver, who in true Jered Weaver fashion cried like a little girl after a homer off him and stared down Napoli (just remember that, that's all I'm saying).

    Instead, Angels rookie slugger Mark Trumbo salvaged the Angels season, at least temporarily, when he hit a two-run shot that hugged the left field foul pole off fill-in closer Mike Adams to give the Angels a walk-off 2-1 win and keep the Rangers lead at 6 games instead of 8.

    But fear not, Rangers fans, even though they didn't apply the killshot on Thursday, the Rangers are still in great shape with the Angels coming to town next weekend for three more games. A series win for the Rangers might end things once and for all.

    The Rangers starting rotation has proven to be deeper than the Angels, and Colby Lewis outpitched Weaver on Thursday night when both were on top of their games. Weaver made one mistake. Lewis made none.

    The Rangers offense is without a doubt the stronger bunch, and the Rangers bullpen, despite what happened in the bottom of the ninth with closer Neftali Feliz unavailable after a busy stretch, is stronger than the Angels' bunch.

    The Rangers are the better team, and it's fairly obvious. Just a month and a half until the playoffs begin. Are you ready?