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Fair or not, Washington a lame duck

In the final year of his contract, Rangers' manager doing all he can to keep his job

Originally Published: June 5, 2009
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- There is something quintessentially American about Ron Washington, the Texas Rangers' manager, as he sits in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium, fortified by a desktop computer screen to his left, scouting reports and a lineup card to his right, a plastic blue cigarette lighter atop a red-and-white box of Winstons near his hands.

He at once is frustrated that the changing America is messing with one of his crippling vices -- "There're not too many more places where ...

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