Rangers take AL West after victory over Angels

Rather, he was totally at home.


ARLINGTON, Texas – Mike Trout scored the winning run after leading off the ninth with a triple, keeping Los Angeles’ playoff hopes alive.

For the Rangers to clinch after two games, they need to win Thursday. Texas, already assured of a spot in the postseason, came into the game needing one win or Houston loss to clinch the division. The victor moves on to face the Royals in Kansas City in the ALDS.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Mark Buehrle pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays… Ernie Banks was one of my favorite non-Cardinal players of all times and I enjoyed listening to Ron Santo do the color commentary on Cubs games.

[Related: Four things to watch on the final day of the Major League Baseball regular season]. Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in 2013 before losing to the San Francisco Giants in 2014.

So now we need to address whether we care which order the Rangers/Angels games go – e.g. if we could choose, is there any way we would to order the Angels wins and the Rangers wins of a series that goes 2-2 in order to maximize Texas’s investment in the series? Atlanta and St. Louis were postponed by rain Saturday night and will play a doubleheader, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

All signs point to the Yankees sending their $155-million man Masahiro Tanaka to the hill on Tuesday night in what will undoubtedly be the most important start of his professional baseball career.

Now if that is not enough excitement for fans the Astros can also end up with the first wildcard position if the New York Yankees continue their skid. The second best baseball game I’ve witnessed in person was at Wrigley Field. The 16-year veteran is two innings shy of his 15th consecutive season with 200 or more innings, and so even though he threw 6 2-3 innings on Friday, manager John Gibbons is considering pitching the 36-year-old to get him to the mark. So go Rangers! We want the Rangers to win at least two, with any more only sweetening the pot.

Home field advantage would be a huge strength for the Yankees, who will be playing in front of a home crowd that hasn’t seen their team make playoffs since 2012.

ATLANTA – Julio Teheran finished up his season pitching like Atlanta hoped he would have all year.


Rookie Steven Matz, who was expected to serve as New York’s fourth starter, visited doctors due to the back spasms that forced him to be scratched from a scheduled start on Thursday. A few insist it’s crucial; others dismiss it as essentially inconsequential. Friday’s rainout might help the Phillies avoid that feat. But with the weather forecast calling for more inclement weather, there’s no guarantee the games will be played.

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