American League West
The Houston Astros are leaving their old look behind as they prepare for their move to the American League in 2013.
Thanks to the quirky new baseball playoff rules, the Rangers get one more chance to keep the hope alive – by facing either the Orioles or Yankees Friday night in a one-game playoff.
One-third of the baseball season is in the books, and we can be very thankful that the Rangers got off to such a hot start, and that the Angels struggled at first.
There was a time when the residents of Dallas and Fort Worth couldn’t stand each other. Some would argue that a competition between the two cities still stands, but thanks to the arrival of the Texas Rangers in 1972, that rivalry started to ebb.
Baseball owners unanimously approved the long-delayed sale of the team last Thursday, a transaction that requires the franchise to move from the NL Central to the AL West in 2013.
The Astros will move from the NL Central to the AL West beginning in the 2013 season, giving each league 15 teams.
With champagne being sprayed around and on him, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington savored the moment and remembered a much different scene in the same clubhouse at the end of last year’s World Series.
Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit long home runs and Craig Gentry had an inside-the-park homer for AL West-leading Texas in a 5-3 victory over Seattle on Friday night that cut the Rangers’ magic number to one.
Josh Hamilton’s third career grand slam highlighted an eight-run fourth inning as the Rangers beat the Indians 9-1 on Wednesday night.
David Murphy had two solo home runs and Josh Hamilton put the Rangers ahead with his 20th homer, in a 10-4 victory over the Indians.
Slugger Nelson Cruz and submarine reliever Darren O’Day have been activated from the disabled list by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.
Colby Lewis pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory in nearly a month even while giving up another home run as the AL West-leading Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 13-4 on Friday night.