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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers went into the All-Star break reeling, with nine losses their last 12 games and three-fifths of their starting rotation still on the disabled list.Their last game was a 10-run loss at home to the team with the American Leagues worst record.We went through a stretch where we didnt play good as a team, third baseman Adrian Beltre said. We understand were going to go through highs and lows and I assume this is our low.As bad as that stretch was -- that 15-5 loss to Minnesota was the fifth time in nine games they allowed at least 10 runs -- the Rangers go into Wrigley Field this weekend still with the ALs best record (54-36) and a 5 1/2-game division lead over the Houston Astros. That is the largest AL West lead Texas has ever had coming out of the midsummer break, but it had been as big as 10 games in late June.We have the right team to get in the postseason, and after getting in the postseason, we have enough talent and experience to keep moving on, shortstop Elvis Andrus said.Right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to return from the disabled list and rejoin the rotation Saturday for the second of three games against the Chicago Cubs. With All-Star lefty Cole Hamels set for the series finale, it will be only the fourth time this season Texas top aces pitch in back-to-back games.Here are some things that went right before the break and others second-year manager Jeff Banister and the Rangers have to watch over the final 72 games when trying to win another AL West title:SURPRISE ALL-STAR: Ian Desmond was a career shortstop his seven seasons with Washington, but turned down a deal to stay with the Nationals. He was unsigned until after the start of spring training, when he went to Texas and switched to left field to replace injured slugger Josh Hamilton. By mid-May, Desmond was the everyday center fielder and this week was the only Texas position player at the All-Star game.No doubt, hes been our best player, Beltre said.We found a center fielder ... one of the premier center fielders in the American League as far as you put the whole package together, Banister said. He was a National League shortstop last year. That in itself is just phenomenal.Desmond is hitting .322 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI.HURTING HURLERS: Darvish last pitched for the Rangers on June 8, only his third start for them since missing 2015 because of Tommy John surgery. He then went back on the DL with shoulder discomfort.Colby Lewis (strained lat muscle) and Derek Holland (shoulder inflammation) both headed to the DL on the same day in late June.Lewis (6-1, 3.21 ERA) is on the 60-day DL and cant return until at least late August, having made only one shortened start since his near perfect game June 16 at Oakland. Holland (5-5, 5.20) started playing catch again in the last week.ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Rangers are in a span of playing 19 of 23 games on the road, making them the first MLB team since the 2004 Tampa Bay Rays with four home games or fewer in a span of 28 games or more in the regular season. Texas plays its next nine games on the road. Before four home games against Minnesota going into the All-Star break, the Rangers had played 10 in a row away from Arlington.CLOSING IT DOWN: Sam Dyson has 18 saves, 16 of those in two months since taking over as the Rangers closer, including an MLB-best 10 saves in June. 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EUGENE, Ore. -- Hurdler Aries Merritt captured a bronze medal at worlds last August with his kidneys operating at barely 10 percent. No wonder hes beaming at the prospect of competing at full health again.The chance to defend his Olympic title in the 110-meter hurdles in Rio is a very real possibility. All thats standing in his way is a top-three finish at U.S. Track and Field Trials this weekend.Doctors didnt think Merritt would be ready in time after receiving a new kidney from his sister 10 months ago. They grew even less optimistic when he developed complications that resulted in another surgery -- this one to place the kidney deeper into his abdomen.What the doctors didnt factor in was Merritts passion for this sport, and his desire for an Olympic repeat.If I was to win, it would be ugly -- Id be on the track crying somewhere, because of all the pain, all the suffering, all the depression I went through to get to this point, said the 30-year-old Merritt, whos the world record holder in the hurdles.He heads into Fridays first round of Olympic trials in good shape. But hes not exactly race sharp. He suffered a groin injury recently that curtailed his training. Hes only raced a handful of times heading into trials.Its going to take focus. Its going to take determination and grit, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist said.Nobody would question him in either of those categories.Merritt kept his ailment secret until just before worlds last August: He was suffering from a rare genetic disorder that was diagnosed in 2013. For years, it turns out, his kidneys had been faltering, to the point where he ran the final at worlds on Aug. 28 at about eight pounds under his normal weight and with his kidneys barely functioning.In the final, he wound up third, just 0.01 seconds behind Hansle Parchment of Jamaica for second. Sergey Shubenkov of Russia captured gold. He called it an even more fulfilling medal than his Olympic gold.A few days later he flew home to Phoenix and was on the operating table. His sister, LaToya Hubbard, is a big part of this, too -- donating one of her kidneys.One thing about Aries, when he puts his mind to it, he can do anything, said his sister, who will be at the trials. Hes determined to go back and regain his title so that when he leaves the sport, its his.Still, it was a long road to recovery.After surgery, my belly button was literally to the far right of my stomach.dddddddddddd It wasnt in the right spot, Merritt said. Its a year before everything settles in its normal place.As he dealt with his failing kidneys, there were some bleak days for Merritt, like when doctors said he might not run again.Elite athletes dont usually go through kidney transplants, Merritt said. (Doctors) deal with regular people. Im not saying Im not regular. Im above the average on a fitness level. Theyre just giving me the textbook advice theyd give anyone else, not knowing what I can or my physical limits.For a while, it hurt to hurdle. His trail leg kept hitting him in the side of the incision.I couldnt do (indoors) because it was too painful at the time, Merritt explained. My body wasnt ready to hit that part of my scar repeatedly. My body is used to my trail leg. Everything should be fine.Maybe so, but then theres this -- concern over the mosquito-borne Zika virus should he be on the team for Rio. Hes more susceptible to infection.If I make it, Im going, Merritt said. Its really important to live that Olympic dream and try to achieve that Olympic goal of trying to win that gold medal and showing everyone around the world your story and your struggle.A few other things to watch out for Friday at trials:JAGER-MASTER: Four-time national champion Evan Jager is a heavy favorite in the final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He won his first-round heat.HURDLES: Brianna Rollins had the fastest time in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles, just ahead of Keni Harrison, the hurdler who broke Rollins American record in May.SUHR THING: Defending Olympic champion Jenn Suhr and the rest of the pole vaulters begin qualifying. The 34-year-old is the big favorite among a youthful group that includes Sandi Morris, who turns 24 on Friday, and 19-year Alexis Weeks, who won an NCAA title for Arkansas at Hayward Field in June.LETS DISCUS: Mason Finley finished with the top throw in qualifying. Dont discount Lance Brooks, the 2012 Olympian who works construction to earn extra money for training.SPRINT SERVICE: LaShawn Merritt continues his quest to make the Rio team in the 200 with a semifinal heat. Hes already qualified in the 400. Not to be outdone, 400-meter trials champ Allyson Felix starts qualifying in the 200.

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