Close your eyes and take your mind to a world where the Astros don’t exist. Baseball fans across the country may not notice, but the Rangers definitely would.
The Oakland A’s have won the division, now what do the Rangers have to do to make the post-season?
For the second straight season the Rangers have been beaten out by the Oakland Athletics.
Winning the AL West is out of the question for the Rangers. Now, the Wild Card is slipping away as well.
The Rangers better start paying attention to that tight AL wild card race, because their chances for the AL West title are pretty slim after the Athletics won 5-1 on Sunday.
Texas still has a tight hold on the AL’s top wild-card spot despite losing nine of its last 12 games (2-8 in September) while dropping four consecutive series.
Jarrod Parker got plenty of home-run help and pitched his way into Oakland’s record book, and the surging Athletics pulled into a tie atop the AL West with Texas by overpowering the Rangers 11-4 on Wednesday.
The Texas Rangers moved back into sole possession of first place in the AL West with a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics Tuesday.
Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory over the AL West-leading Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Rangers president Nolan Ryan expects the team to be very competitive even after the departures of Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli following a season without a playoff victory.
The Rangers announced that they will open the 2013 MLB season against their new in-state AL West rivals, the Astros, in a Sunday night game on March 31 in Houston.
Impending free agent Josh Hamilton, speaking with reporters after Friday’s wild card loss to the Baltimore Orioles, said that there is a 50/50 chance he’ll return to the Texas Rangers next season, according to Jon Machota for The Dallas Morning News.