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Rested Rangers primed for postseason

Players taking better care of themselves this season to stay focused and fresh

Updated: September 20, 2011, 12:48 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

SEATTLE -- There's some pep in the step of the Texas Rangers these days. They are playing through the late September grind with their eye toward the postseason, but this is more than just the adrenaline of a pennant race.

This team looks fresher and more energetic than it did at this time last year.

"A lot of guys understand what the grind is now," said manager Ron Washington, whose team leads the AL West by five games with nine to play and has a magic number of five. "Last year was ...

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