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August 02, 2011

Looking back on July for the Rangers

Here are a few notes from the Rangers on their month of July, one in which they put together a major league-leading 12-game winning streak.

* Texas finished with a 18-9 record, third best -- in terms of winning percentage -- in the majors trailing Boston (20-6) and Philadelphia (17-8).

* It was the third-best record in club history, trailing the 1977 team's 19-8 mark and the 2009 team's 17-8 mark.

* Overall, it matched the 10th-best record all-time in franchise history.

* Offensively, Texas led the majors with a .313 batting average, 15 points higher than the next team (Boston, .298). The .313 average was the best for July in club history, and it was also the seventh-highest team batting average for July in baseball since 1946.

* The strong offensive output raised the Rangersseason average from .264 to .276.

* The Rangers had 118 extra-base hits in July, tied for second-highest total in the modern era. The Brooklyn Dodgers had the most, 128, in 1953. The 2003 Boston team had 118, as well.

* Pitching-wise, the Rangers staff posted the second-lowest ERA in July at 3.16.

-- Drew Davison

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