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Leyland admires Rangers' presence


ARLINGTON -- The Tigers started the week hosting a team from the Lone Star State in the Astros and ended it with a four-game series there. So far, Tigers manager Jim Leyland has liked what he's seen.

"I really like the atmosphere they've created here," Leyland said. "And they've got a really good team. They really have done a nice job over there with the whole program. They've been to the World Series, they've been the American League champs a couple times recently."

Leyland was also amazed at the way the wind has been blowing at the Ballpark in Arlington this week. In the second inning of Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Rangers, Torii Hunter had a hard time tracking down a ball hit by Elvis Andrus to right-center field. The ball ricocheted off the end of Hunter's glove and Andrus ended up with a triple.

"I'm not sure what [the wind] was doing," Leyland said. "It looked like it was holding some up and throwing some down. I've never been in Texas with the wind this high for this long of a period of time. It's not good for my hair."

Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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