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Rangers raise AL West championship flag

Rangers raise AL West championship flag

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers celebrated their 2010 American League West title prior to Monday night's 7-5 loss to Seattle by raising a championship flag in left field.

The new division championship flag, the fourth one to hang in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, but the first since 1999, is next to the Rangers Hall of Fame flags.

The Rangers clinched the AL West in Oakland on Saturday and will open the playoffs next Wednesday at Tampa Bay or New York.

"The fans can see that those guys were champions," manager Ron Washington said. "They were champions before they became champions."

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