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Just like we all expected: Halfway through the MLB season, the Rangers are in the thick of the playoff race

DETROIT - The rebuilding Rangers reached the statistical mid-point of the season Thursday and here's where they stand: In the middle of a playoff race.

Two of them, actually.

On Wednesday, in their 81st game of the season, the Rangers completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with a 3-1 win forged from the return of Joey Gallo's home run swing and Ariel Jurado's surprising durability. They have pushed their winning streak to five games, matching the season's best.

More surprising: The Rangers currently hold a playoff spot - the second AL wild card - and will play a series this weekend at Tampa Bay for control of the whole dang wild card race.