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Traffic nightmare avoided for ALDS?

9/25/2011

Perhaps, some good news for Texas Rangers fans.

Game time for the third Southwest Classic between Texas A&M and Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium has been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, the Texas A&M Athletics Department announced Sunday. The game will be televised by ESPN.

The Rangers are scheduled to play an ALDS game that same day. Saturday's win coupled with the Detroit Tigers' loss to the Baltimore Orioles put Texas one game up in the race for home-field advantage in the ALDS, meaning they would host a game at Rangers Ballpark this Saturday.

We have to wait to see how the rest of the season plays out and don't know what time first pitch will be, but the early A&M-Arkansas start time could help avoid a potential traffic nightmare in Arlington, Texas. We'll keep you posted as we learn more information.

If the Rangers earn home-field advantage for the ALDS, they would host the AL Wild Card team (unless it was the Los Angeles Angels) rather than start the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. But they must finish one game ahead of the Tigers because Detroit has the tie-breaker (thanks to the season series).

The Tigers finish their series with Baltimore on Sunday before playing the Cleveland Indians at home for three games. Texas plays the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and then goes to Anaheim for the final three games of the regular season.