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Next two weeks may decide if Rangers are buyers or sellers; Lynn strikes out 11 in win over Astros

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- First up Thursday night for the Texas Rangers following their brief hiatus for the All-Star break were the Houston Astros, the American League West leaders.

The two teams will play six more times through next weekend, and the Rangers will also play the Arizona Diamondbacks twice, the Seattle Mariners three times and the Oakland A's four.

Only the Mariners will open the second half of the 2019 MLB season below .500.

"Probably the next two weeks in front of us are the most important of the season," shortstop Elvis Andrus said.

He's right, and here's why:

The Rangers are 49-42 after a 5-0 victory Thursday and 2 { games out of the second wild-card spot into the postseason. They trail the Astros by eight games in the West.

 

The Rangers are on the cusp of being a contender that acquires talent at the deadline, and also on the cusp being a deadline seller or a team that stands pat.

The players believe they are for real and that September will be meaningful. Their job the next two weeks is to convince general manager Jon Daniels of that.

"We all know what's at stake," manager Chris Woodward said. "I'm not afraid to address that by any means. Even our players, they know what's at stake. They know our team could look different in three weeks if we win or if we lose, but at some point we've got to be able to handle expectations of winning or losing."

Rougned Odor ripped a two-run double in a four-run first inning, and Lance Lynn struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings for his 12th victory of the season.

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