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Rangers hope being in first will last

Starting pitching, timely hitting help Rangers sweep Seattle, move to top of AL West

Updated: May 3, 2010, 9:18 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SEATTLE -- Ron Washington swears his team's recent turnaround started in the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium on a sunny Sunday two weeks ago.

In that game, the Texas Rangers didn't execute in the early going and fell 5-2. And though it had blown leads in Boston and fell in two one-run games, Washington sensed his team was finding itself.

Maybe the manager knew something most of us didn't. That loss in New York was No. 4 in what would become a six-game losing streak. But since that skid ...

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