Texas quickly turning into a powerhouse

Defending American League champions quite possibly better than they were last season

Originally Published: April 12, 2011
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

The best team in baseball ought to look real familiar. You've seen these guys before -- like in a World Series that feels as if it just ended about 20 minutes ago.

The Texas Rangers played in that 2010 World Series. Now here they are, six months later. And they've already done something that no defending AL World Series contestant had ever done.

One season after rolling into the World Series, they started The Season After by going 9-1 in their first 10 games. Well, there's a good reason ...

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