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.
Another division title is within reach for the two-time defending American League champion Rangers, as long as they can stay ahead of the surprising Athletics in the AL West.
Major League Baseball has revealed its 2013 schedule, which will begin with an undetermined stand-alone matchup on March 31, and features new twists for interleague play with the Astros switching to the American League.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was named the American League player of the week for the period ending August 26.
If the Texas Rangers are to finally win the World Series this Fall, they’ll have to do something they’ve accomplished only once in their 40-year history – Win a World Series game on the road.
After talk about American League dominance during an offseason when Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder switched leagues, the National League romped to an 8-0 win on Tuesday.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander and San Francisco’s Matt Cain have been selected as starting pitchers for Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, CBS Sports has confirmed.
Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. Harrison posted a 5-0 record with a 1.29 ERA over six starts while striking out 24 hitters over 42 innings.
Texas plays game No. 81 of its 162-game regular season Tuesday night. The Rangers are the only team with 50 wins so far, eight more than they had at the same point last year.