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.
After a grinding stretch when the Texas Rangers lost nine of their last 13 games, and the AL West crown in the process, manager Ron Washington gave his players the day off Thursday.
The A’s captured their first division crown in six years with another improbable rally in a season full of them, coming back once more to stun the Rangers 12-5 on Wednesday.
Coco Crisp’s latest big hit helped put the A’s in the playoffs for the first time in six years, and they remained in contention for a division crown by beating the Rangers 4-3 on Monday.
Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff homer to start a five-run first inning, Matt Harrison got his 18th victory, and the two-time defending AL champs held on for a 9-7 victory on Thursday.
Oakland led for good just three batters into the game and chased Texas starter Martin Perez before the end of the first inning in a 9-3 victory Wednesday night against the Rangers.