Originally written on Fox Sports North
By ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  Last updated 9/1/13
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The Texas Rangers know they'll remain in sole possession of first place Monday when they head into a key road series with their closest pursuer in the AL West. Whether Elvis Andrus will be ready for that set remains to be seen. With the status of their shortstop uncertain, the Rangers look to build momentum for their upcoming trip by taking this three-game series from the visiting Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Texas (79-56) has a two-game division lead over Oakland, where it begins a six-game California trip on Monday. Before the Rangers can worry about that pivotal series, they'll look to build on Saturday's 2-1 win over Minnesota (58-76). Leonys Martin hit a bases-loaded single with two out in the ninth to give Texas its 23rd win in 30 games. "We put ourself in a position to win, and Leonys came through," manager Ron Washington said. However, the victory didn't come without a price after Andrus left in the first inning because of tightness in his lower back. Batting .364 with seven R...
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