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Cliff Lee, Rangers take control

Texas breaks long postseason drought, defeats Tampa Bay 5-1 in ALDS opener

Updated: October 6, 2010, 9:13 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Texas Rangers' postseason history might be brief, but it's also undistinguished. It consists of nine losses in 10 playoff games in the late 1990s, during which the Rangers were outscored 35-12 by Joe Torre's burgeoning dynasty in the Bronx.

The Rangers found the experience so distasteful, they waited 11 years to try again.

Before Texas met Tampa Bay on Wednesday in Game 1 of the 2010 American League Division Series, manager Ron Washington gathered ...

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