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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.
“You can see how everything’s starting to fall on track,” said Elvis Andrus, who drove in three runs for the Rangers in an 8-2 victory over the Rays on Thursday night.
It wasn’t the worst loss of the season for the Rangers, at least not yet. But Wednesday night’s 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Rays is one they will remember if they don’t reach the postseason.
Ian Kinsler drove Jeremy Hellickson’s first fastball for a home run, and the Rangers went on to beat the Rays 7-1 on Tuesday night, breaking a seven-game losing streak.
With a seventh straight Rangers loss on Monday night, the team’s playoff position is getting more tenuous. “It’s pretty tough right now,” said shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore has replaced injured Texas pitcher Yu Darvish on the American League All-Star roster.
The Texas Rangers traded left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations, the team announced on Tuesday.
Matt Moore and four Rays relievers combined on a five-hitter and Tampa Bay beat Texas 2-0 Wednesday in the coldest day game ever at Rangers Ballpark.
Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, holding Tampa Bay to just four hits as the Rangers beat the Rays 6-1 on Tuesday night.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan mouthed “Wow!” when the strike was called to wrap up his 300th career save, which gave the Rangers a 5-4 win over the Rays on Monday night.
The Rangers acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Rays for a player to be named or cash. The deal was announced Monday, before the teams opened a series in Texas.