Versatile Rangers are top team in AL

April, 23, 2012
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DETROIT -- When the Texas Rangers welcome the New York Yankees to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Monday night, the best team in the American League will be on the field.

And it will be wearing Rangers uniforms.

It was only a few years ago that a visit by the annual contenders from the Big Apple meant the Rangers had to get out their tape measures and figure out how far the gap was between them to the elite in the AL.

Not anymore. It's the rest of the AL that is busy wondering how they stack up to the two-time defending AL champions, who have the deepest lineup in the game and a pitching staff performing at a consistently high level. Measuring up to the Rangers these days isn't easy.

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Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.338 13 50 50
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 13
RBIA. Beltre 50
RA. Beltre 50
OPSA. Beltre .922
WY. Darvish 8
ERAY. Darvish 2.97
SOY. Darvish 142