Happy numbers.

Five of the Rangers' last six wins have been by one run (and the other one was two nights ago, when the closer was brought in to nail down a 13-7 win). After starting the season 1-4 in one-run games, the club has won 9 of its last 11 decided by one.

Texas is now 18-7 at home. It's the best home record in baseball, and the best through 25 games in franchise history.

That includes seven straight at home, and 11 of the last 12.

Overall, the Rangers have won 11 of 15, 17 of 24, and 20 of 29. That final number trails only Tampa Bay (by one game) in the American League.

Josh Hamilton's pivotal sacrifice bunt (yes, his own idea, not a bench call) was the first of his big league career.

And the third of his pro career. He had one in 1999 for the Princeton Devil Rays of the short-season Appalachian League, and another for the Bakersfield Blaze (then a Tampa Bay affiliate) in 2002. Elvis Andrus was 13 years old the last time Hamilton moved a runner by squaring around.

Tonight, Derek Holland (2-0) vs. Randy Wells (3-2). Tomorrow, C.J. Wilson (3-1) vs. Carlos Silva (5-0, lifetime ERA against Texas of 5.20 in 13 starts, and an .844 OPS - including 9.09 and 1.060 in seven Arlington starts). Packed houses expected for both.

The Angels are 5.5 back. Oakland 4.0, Seattle 8.5.

Happy.

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Jamey Newberg

Dallas attorney Jamey Newberg has been commenting on Rangers from the big club down through the entire farm system since 1998.

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas was born in Arlington, Texas, to Richard and Becky Lucas. He lived mostly in Arlington before moving to Austin, where he graduated from The University of Texas. Scott works for Austin Valuation Consultants, Ltd., and has published several boring articles about real estate appraisal and environmental contamination. He makes a swell margarita and refuses to run longer than ten kilometres.

Eleanor Czajka

Eleanor grew up watching the AAA Mudhens in Toledo, Ohio. A loyal Ranger fan since 1979, she works "behind the scenes" at the Newberg Report.

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