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Rangers' core must step up

No matter what happens at trade deadline, current players are key to success

Updated: July 30, 2012, 4:21 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- No matter what happens by Tuesday afternoon, the biggest keys to the Texas Rangers' hopes down the stretch and into the postseason aren't on someone else's roster.

The group of current players has to step things up if the Rangers want an opportunity to get back to the World Series and win it this time. And with the Los Angeles Angels coming into town hoping to gain a little ground on Texas with four head-to-head games, the time is now.

"We're in first place, but ...

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