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Thursday, October 13, 2011
Rangers show off complete game in win

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

DETROIT -- Ron Washington's wife, Gerry, wanted details Wednesday night about the Texas Rangers' dramatic 7-3, 11-inning win over the Detroit Tigers.

Every one of them.

And she wasn't interested in taking no for answer, which is her right after being married to a lifelong baseball man for nearly 40 years.

Washington, sitting at his desk in the visitor's clubhouse, was talking on his cell phone and promised to call her back soon.

Finally, she relented.

"She's excited," the Rangers manager said, scarfing down a plate of grilled chicken and vegetables.

What Rangers fan isn't?

The Rangers, virtually irrelevant the entire 40 years they've been in Dallas-Fort Worth, find themselves one victory away from yet another ginger-ale-and-champagne celebration.

They're one win away from hoisting the American League championship trophy again and defending their AL pennant after an intriguing, heart-thumping win with more twists and turns than San Francisco's famed Lombard Street.

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