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Players wait, watch, hope to celebrate

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shortly after the Texas Rangers finished off the Seattle Mariners, 5-3, on Friday, many of them came out to see the fireworks and others waited in the clubhouse watching televisions of the Los Angeles Angels game.

"We'll just see what happens," manager Ron Washington said. "We'll wait."

Washington said even before the game that he didn't care how his team won the AL West, just that they got it done. It could happen late into Friday night from an outcome in California. As of the sixth inning, the Oakland Athletics were clinging to a 1-0 lead.

"We just wait and watch," Michael Young said. "It's in front of us now. But at the same time, we don't know what's going to happen here. Mentally, we're ready to come out and try to win a game tomorrow. Whatever it takes to win this division as quickly as possible is what we want to do."

The Rangers have put the A's-Angels game on the videoboard and many fans have stayed to watch. They've moved to the lower levels and are now accompanied by most of the Rangers team, who are sitting on blankets or stools on the field with their families.

"Had we won yesterday, we'd already be celebrating," Elvis Andrus said. "But that's OK. We just want to win it."

If the A's hang on, the Rangers clubhouse crew will scurry to put plastic up. Now that the players are on the field, they'll have that opportunity. Rangers fans are cheering the A's and their favorite players as they seem them pop out of the dugout and onto the field.

The Rangers hope they can celebrate with them tonight. If not, they'll try to do it in front of a large crowd Saturday.