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Rangers win AL West title

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Players stood on the field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and watched the big screen as the Oakland Athletics managed to hang on and beat the Los Angeles Angels.

When Oakland's David DeJesus hit a home run to give the A's some insurance in the eighth, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus took off from the player gathering in foul ground down the first-base line and ran the bases (despite the fact that there were no bases) and was greeted at home plate as if he had just hit a walk-off himself. The fans still in attendance loved it, of course.

But when the final out was made, that's when the celebration started in earnest. Teammates and family members embraced and the remaining fans cheered loudly. It may not have been the optimum way to clinch the AL West title, but they'll take it. The A's 3-1 win brings the magic number to 0. It's the Rangers' second consecutive AL West title.

They would have preferred to celebrate right after beating the Mariners 5-3, but instead they had to wait a few hours. The club immediately started with a ginger ale celebration, a tradition started last year for Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson, who don't want to be around alcohol.

They will head to the clubhouse shortly for the rest of the celebration. Many Rangers players already had their goggles on, ready to be doused with various liquids.