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For Rangers, the hottest team in baseball, luck is residue of design

For Rangers, the hottest team in baseball, luck is residue of design

Had Josh Hamilton not reported to spring training with a knee injury that led to season-ending surgery in May, the Texas Rangers might not have pursued free-agent Ian Desmond so aggressively.

Had right fielder Shin-Soo Choo not suffered a calf strain on the first weekend of the season, prospect Nomar Mazara would not have been rushed to the big leagues.

Had second baseman Rougned Odor not slugged Toronto’s Jose Bautista in the jaw on May 15 and served a seven-game suspension, infielder Jurickson Profar might still be in the minor leagues.

And had General Manager Jon Daniels not hired Roy Silver, the coach/mentor who helped...

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