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Harrison, Rangers Make History



    Matt Harrison made a little history on Monday night.

    With the Texas Rangers' 9-2 win over Seattle, Harrison picked up his 10th win of the season, which made him the fifth Rangers starter to get to 10 wins this season.

    Just let that sink in for a minute. Think back a few years when Kevin Millwood was the only Rangers starter with 10 wins.

    Harrison joined C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis and Derek Holland with 10 wins, and out-of-nowhere, possible-ace Alexi Ogando has 11 wins.

    Harrison now has 11 straight starts of going at least six innings, and his win Monday meant the Rangers are just the third team in MLB history to have all five starters reach 10 wins this early in the season (116 games or fewer), joining the 1954 Cleveland Indians and the 1998 Atlanta Braves, whose rotation included Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and No. 4 starter Kevin Millwood.

    The Rangers still might be without a true blue ace, someone like Cliff Lee that you believe will take the mound and not come off until the game's over, even though he doesn't do that all the time.

    But this rotation is incredibly deep, and incredibly effective, and it could give Ron Washington a lot of flexibility down the road in setting the playoff rotation in a couple of months.