Here are some of the key players for the AL West champion Texas Rangers as they enter the American League Divisional Series on Friday:

-- Richard Durrett

David Murphy Jim Cowsert/US Presswire

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LEFT FIELD

WT: 205 lbs. HT: 6-4
BATS: Left THROWS: Left
BORN: Oct. 18, 1981
BIRTHPLACE: Houston, Texas

Had critical two-RBI single in help break open Game 6 of ALCS. He was 7-for-17 (.412) in the series. ... Was 1-for-7 in 2010 World Series. ... Came on in September, solidifying his postseason roster spot. ... He's hit around .350 the last two Septembers, producing big hits when others (Hamilton, Cruz) have been missing from the lineup. ... Hot bat means Craig Gentry and Endy Chavez will probably become late-inning options.

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SPLITS G AB R H HR RBI AVG SLG OPS
Career 1110 3467 440 950 104 472 .274 .432 .765