Texas Rangers: 2012 ALDS

Times announced for ALDS Games 1 and 2

October, 5, 2012
10/05/12
9:28
AM CT
Major League Baseball has announced the times for Games 1 and 2 of the ALDS, which will be played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington if the Texas Rangers win tonight's AL wild-card game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Game 1 against the New York Yankees, the top seed in the AL, will be Sunday at 5:15 p.m. and Game 2 will be Monday at 7:07 p.m. in Arlington.

The rest of the schedule will be announced at some point in the next few days. As always, you can hear both games on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. TBS has both games on television.

Playoff outlook: Magic number remains at 3

September, 29, 2012
9/29/12
8:00
AM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers head into the second game of this three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels with a magic number of three to clinch the AL West. The number didn't move Friday after the Rangers lost and the Oakland A's won. A look at some of the other games and how they impact Texas:

* The A's beat the Seattle Mariners at home Friday night, closing within three games of the Rangers in the AL West. But of greater importance to them, they didn't allow anyone behind them to gain a game on the wild card. The Angels' victory keeps them two behind and the Tampa Bay Rays' loss to the Chicago White Sox drops them to three back.

* The AL Central continues to get interesting. The White Sox beat the Rays and the Detroit Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins. That means Detroit is just one game up on the White Sox with five games to play. The winner of that division plays the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, which could still be a gaggle of teams, including the Rangers, Yankees or Orioles.

* The race for the top seed in the AL is on. The Yankees' victory in Toronto moves them one game behind Texas for the best record in the AL. Baltimore is two behind after their win. The No. 1 seed would play the wild-card winner and start Sunday, Oct. 7. Should the Rangers drop to the No. 2 seed, they would start on the road at either Detroit or Chicago on Saturday, Oct. 6.

* The games are staggered Saturday, which should make for some interesting scoreboard watching. The games of note besides Rangers-Angels: New York at Toronto (12:07 p.m.), Rays at White Sox (3:05 p.m.), Tigers at Twins (3:05 p.m.), Mariners at Athletics (3:05 p.m.) and Red Sox at Orioles (6:05 p.m.).

Playoff race update: Angels, Rays charging

September, 26, 2012
9/26/12
10:44
AM CT


The Texas Rangers have split the first two games of this series with the Oakland A's, meaning the magic number to clinch the AL West is still five (a Rangers win or an Oakland loss reduces it). Texas' magic number to clinch a playoff spot is at three (a Rangers win or an Angels loss reduces it). But what about the rest of the race and how it impacts the Rangers:

* Look out for the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay Rays. We've talked a lot about the A's and Baltimore Orioles as wild card teams the past few weeks, but the Rays and Angels are beginning to get a little closer. Both won on Tuesday, meaning the Angels are two games back of a wild card spot and the Rays are three behind. The Angels are playing the Seattle Mariners right now before heading to Texas for three games. They will finish against the Mariners as well. The Rays have one more against the Boston Red Sox before heading to Chicago for a four-game set with the White Sox and finishing at home against the Orioles in what could be a very interesting series.

* The Minnesota Twins came back late on the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, meaning the Rangers' loss didn't cost them any ground in the race for the No. 1 overall seed. Texas remains two games up on the Yankees, who own the tiebreaker because they won the season series. The No. 1 seed is big this year because it means you wait and see who wins that one-game wild card playoff before the ALDS begins on Sunday, Oct. 7.

* The Yankees have a favorable schedule going forward with one more against the Twins, four in Toronto and three at home against the Red Sox (which are never easy because of the fierce rivalry). But they need to go on a run and have the Rangers slip up a few times to take the No. 1 seed away.

* Whichever team gets the No. 2 seed would face the AL Central winner. And that division has featured two teams that have struggled this month -- the White Sox and Detroit Tigers. Yesterday, the Tigers won and the White Sox lost, meaning the division is tied. If you're looking at schedules, the edge goes to the Tigers, who have two more against Kansas City followed by three in Minnesota and three in Kansas City to finish the season. The White Sox get one more at home against Cleveland, then four versus Tampa Bay before finishing the season in Cleveland.

* The bottom line for Texas is the same: Just win series. If they do that, everything will take care of itself. A win tonight reduces the magic number to 3 and guarantees a split in this four-game series. That would at least give them a shot at clinching this weekend. They'd rather do that than head to Oakland for the final three games needing a win or two.

Olney: Yu Darvish is critical playoff player

September, 26, 2012
9/26/12
10:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- ESPN.com's Buster Olney went through each team currently in playoff position and listed the "most important player" for those teams.

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It's not surprising that he came up with Yu Darvish for the Rangers. I agree. If Darvish pitches like an ace in October, it gives the Rangers a tremendous advantage. Darvish hasn't looked intimidated by the pennant chase and is showing the stuff that had scouts raving about him before Texas signed him in January.

If Darvish can match up against the top pitchers from the Rangers' playoff opponents (or maybe not even the top pitcher depending on how the opposition's rotation shakes out based on wild-card games, etc.), it sets the Rangers up for a good series.

You can read the rest of Olney's impact players here. (Insider)

ALDS ticket registration starts Tuesday

September, 3, 2012
9/03/12
12:02
PM CT
The Texas Rangers announced that fans can sign up for a chance to purchase ALDS tickets through an online registration program. Here are the details from the club's release:

Beginning TOMORROW, Tuesday, September 4 at 9:00 a.m. CT and continuing through Sunday, September 9 at 11:59 p.m. CT, fans can go to texasrangers.com/opportunity and register for the opportunity to purchase up to two tickets for one of the three possible 2012 American League Division Series games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected registrants will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. Those selected will be notified by email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12. The Online Ticket Opportunity for those selected will take place on Friday, September 14.

There is no charge to register for this opportunity, which will be the only option for fans to purchase individual tickets to possible 2012 American League Division Series games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Registration is valid for all three Postseason Ticket Opportunities that will be held in September. Regardless of selection in the ALDS Ticket Opportunity, all registrants are automatically entered for the chance to participate in both the ALCS and World Series Ticket Opportunities. The dates for possible ALCS and World Series Ticket Opportunities will be announced at a later date.

There is a possibility of up to three American League Division Series games that could be played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Tickets may be purchased for Game 1, Game 2, or Game 3 of the ALDS at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The 2012 American League Division Series is scheduled from October 6-12.

Ticket prices for possible 2012 ALDS games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington:

Lower Box; Lexus Club Box Corner Box: $85.00
Lexus Club Terrace; Lower Reserved: $60.00
Upper Home Run Porch; Upper Box; Upper Reserved; Bleachers; Grandstand Reserved: $40.00
Standing Room: $30.00

The Rangers also have Luxury Suite rentals available for possible 2012 post-season games. For more information, please call 972-RANGERS or go to texasrangers.com.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182