Astros clinch first playoff berth since 2005; Rangers win AL West

But if the Astros win and the Rangers lose, they would then play a one-game tiebreaker to decide the AL West champ on Monday in Arlington, based on the Rangers winning the season series between the clubs (13-6). It is their first division title since 2011. Scioscia said he went with Bedrosian because he was one of the freshest pitchers, and he’d been good against righties. I wanted to be out there.


Major League Baseball made the schedule for the final day of the regular season with all 15 games set to start at 3 p.m. EDT to add a bit of suspense to any remaining playoff races.

Texas, which blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning Saturday, provided Hamels all the insurance he’d need by blowing the game open with seven run in the seventh inning off the Angels’ bullpen in a 37-minute 1/2 inning.

“I just want to enjoy this today”, Choo said.

Texas, which lost ace Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery before the season even started, plays its first AL Division Series game since 2011 on Thursday at Toronto.

We shouldn’t be surprised the Rangers found the mental fortitude to play well after Saturday’s debacle.

Chris Colabello and Darwin Barney homered for the Blue Jays, who needed a win and a Kansas City loss to finish with the AL’s best record.

The Rangers cut into that lead in the bottom of the first when Prince Fielder came up with an RBI single to score Delino DeShields and make it a 2-1 game.

Although it’s likely we won’t have another night like we did against D-Backs – beating them 21-5 – the Astros can still come out and do all they can to win this game and the next. He wears a protective mitten when he’s on the bases. “Every team needs a superhero and he’s ours”. 305 with 23 homers and 98 RBIs. He allowed three (!!!) home runs.

The Rangers have gained three of their ealier last eight if getting more when compared to 3 (three) goes.

This team has used 12 left fielders, including Josh Hamilton, the prodigal son.

Parra singled in a run in the sixth and drove in two more on his second double of the game in the seventh. And that started with Manager Mike Scioscia, who made his feelings very apparent when he addressed the team.

“I think the one thing that tops home-field advantage is health, ” Girardi said.

“For us, you really have to fight and scratch and grind all the way through as many innings as we can get“, McHugh said.

The Rangers acquired Hamels from the Phillies in a trade at the deadline along with reliever Jake Diekman, sending Matt Harrison and five minor leaguers to Philadelphia.

Giants 3, Rockies 2 – Jake Peavy pitched five innings for his fifth consecutive win, rookie Kelby Tomlinson hit an inside-the-park home run, and host San Francisco beat Colorado. Hamels retired the next batter, and stalked off the mound muttering profanities to himself as he headed to the dugout. They took a two-hit shutout into the final inning before the Rockies rallied.


“His career-high pitches was 134”. “Our guys love pitching at home”.

Jason Castro