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  By: Patrick H.R. No. 145
         WHEREAS, The Texas Rangers brought joy and excitement to the
  citizens of the Lone Star State by winning the 2010 American League
  pennant and playing in the World Series, and their success
  represents an important milestone in the team's history; and
         WHEREAS, The Rangers left little doubt about who would win
  the American League West Division after they moved into first place
  in early June and steadily increased their lead during the season to
  win the title by nine games; the club had 90 wins in the regular
  season, the third most in franchise history; and
         WHEREAS, Texas was led by left fielder Josh Hamilton, who was
  chosen the American League Most Valuable Player and who posted the
  best on-base plus slugging percentage in the league; designated
  hitter Vladimir Guerrero had the team's highest total of runs
  batted in, and he, Mr. Hamilton, right fielder Nelson Cruz, and
  third baseman Mike Young each hit more than 20 home runs; C. J.
  Wilson paced the pitching staff with 15 wins, Colby Lewis struck out
  196 opponents, and Tommy Hunter posted a 13-4 win-loss record;
  Neftali Feliz registered 40 saves out of the bullpen and was voted
  the American League Rookie of the Year; and
         WHEREAS, Facing the Rangers in the division playoff series
  was the very tough Tampa Bay Rays, and it took Texas the full five
  games to beat them; Mr. Wilson and fellow pitcher Cliff Lee were
  instrumental in the triumph, as the two hurlers combined to hold
  Tampa Bay to just two runs in the three games they started; Mr. Cruz
  and second baseman Ian Kinsler hit three home runs apiece to key the
  offense; and
         WHEREAS, In the American League Championship Series, the
  Rangers met their old postseason nemesis, the New York Yankees, the
  team that had eliminated them in their three previous playoff
  appearances in the 1990s; history did not repeat itself in 2010, as
  Mr. Hamilton bashed 4 home runs, drove in 7 runs, and reached base
  15 times; Mr. Cruz continued his hot hitting, and the Rangers
  received two standout pitching performances from Mr. Lewis and a
  2-hit, 13-strikeout effort from Mr. Lee to beat the Yankees 4 games
  to 2 and take the pennant; and
         WHEREAS, With the American League championship in hand, Texas
  advanced to the World Series for the first time since the ballclub
  began playing in Arlington in 1972; although the team ultimately
  fell to the San Francisco Giants in the series, the 2010 campaign
  showed that manager Ron Washington, general manager Jon Daniels,
  and owners Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg have established the
  franchise as a power to be reckoned with, and fans are looking
  forward to the 2011 season with great anticipation; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate the Texas Rangers on winning the
  2010 American League pennant and extend to them sincere best wishes
  for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for the Rangers as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.