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Yu Darvish struck out six and walked one in his season debut, getting his 500th career strikeout and leading the Rangers past the Rays by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
Wil Myers gives the Rays legitimate power in the middle of the batting order.
David Price allowed just two runs over nine innings, Evan Longoria was a triple short of the cycle, and the Rays defeated the Rangers 5-2 in an AL Wild Card tiebreaker in Arlington.
The right-hander, who hasn’t thrown a baseball in more than seven weeks, didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation from team CEO & President Nolan Ryan.
With 162 games in the books, Texas Rangers fans say none is as important as the 163rd of the season. That’s because with a win tonight, the team guarantees itself one more game and a spot in the postseason.
Cruz will bat sixth and act as the Rangers’ DH as Texas takes on Tampa Bay in Arlington in a one-game tiebreaker for the second AL Wild Card spot.
After 162 regular-season games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers need one more to decide the second AL wild-card spot.
The Rangers fought to stay alive in the race for the postseason. Now, they must face the Rays in a tiebreaker game to determine who gets the final playoff spot.
The Rangers have been noncommittal as to whether suspended slugger Nelson Cruz would return to the lineup for the playoffs. On Sunday, we got our answer.
The Rangers secured their seventh-consecutive victory on Sunday, earning a spot in a one-game Wild Card playoff on Monday night in Arlington against the Rays.
Darvish will take the mound for the 32nd time this season with the opportunity to send the Rangers to their fourth consecutive postseason.
At the start of Friday night, three teams are still in contention for the two AL Wild Card spots: Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Texas. What happens if they all tie?