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The Texas Rangers are an All-Star team according to Richard Durret of ESPNDallas.com:

Ron Washington is managing the game and brought along his coaching staff, including pitching coaches Mike Maddux and Andy Hawkins to help manage all of the arms at his disposal. The skipper’s lineup card has three starters from Texas: outfielder Josh Hamilton, third baseman Adrian Beltre and catcher Mike Napoli.

He has talented backups ready to come in and join Beltre in the infield, including the double-play tandem of Ian Kinsler at second base and Elvis Andrus at shortstop. And Washington has some quality Rangers pitchers he can insert, such as 11-game winner Matt Harrison, 10-game winner Yu Darvish and closer Joe Nathan (18 saves).

That’s a club record eight players. No team has more in Kansas City for Tuesday’s game.

Remember all those years (the better part of 40 seasons) when the Rangers would do good to have eight All-Star representatives in an eight-year period? Remember the team that struggled to finish middle-of-the-pack most seasons? Remember all those discussions about why Texas teams wilted after the All-Star break, usually the consensus having something to do with the heat?

Well, now the heat is on the teams going into Arlington rather than the one stationed there. Thanks to the leadership of Ron Washington, team president Nolan Ryan and general manager phenom Jon Daniels, the Rangers are no joke. They are, instead, the two-time winning and reigning American League champions.

Tonight’s All-Star game is just one more big stage upon which the best organization in baseball can shine. For the oft-beleaguered franchise and its long-suffering but ever-faithful fan base, this moment in the sun has been a long time coming.

Here’s hoping they shine on for a good long while in the Lone Star State.

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