Hamels' gem clinches AL West for Rangers

Cole Hamels allowed three hits and struck out eight in a complete game to lift Texas to the AL West crown with a 9-2 victory. With the loss, the Angels are eliminated from the postseason. Box score

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Rangers blow it open in seventh

The Rangers are in the midst of a six-run inning to open up a 9-2 lead -- and they're still batting. Texas clinches the AL West with a win. The Angels, today's opponent, is eliminated with a loss. Follow live


Rangers leading on Beltre's homer

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Hamels settles down for Rangers

Albert Pujols started this crucial matchup with a two-run HR off Rangers SP Cole Hamels. But Hamels just finished his fifth inning with the score still 2-1 in the Angels' favor. L.A. needs this one if it hopes to make the playoffs. Follow live

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Not a good first inning for Cole Hamels. Albert Pujols unloads with a two-run homer and Hamels throws 19 pitches. Rangers bullpen is very thin today so Hamels has to get that pitch count down and pitch reasonably deep into this game.

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We have 15 baseball games, I'm, kicking off right now. And 7 of them will determine the shape of the postseason. Can't wait.

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What's at stake today

The Angels can't win a wild-card spot outright, but they can still force a tie for it. The Astros clinch a playoff spot with a win, but which one will it be? That depends on the Texas Rangers, who could really simplify things by just winning the division title on Sunday.

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AL scenario: West winner

  • Rangers clinch AL West with win or Astros loss.
  • If Rangers lose and Astros win, Rangers-Astros play one-game playoff for AL West; loser gets WC berth.

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AL scenario: wild card No. 1

  • Yankees clinch home field for AL WC game with a win or Astros loss.
  • Astros clinch home field for AL WC game with a win, Yankees loss and Rangers win.
  • If Yankees lose and Angels and Astros win, Rangers-Astros play one-game playoff for AL West with loser hosting NY in WC game.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Toughest job today belongs to Rangers manager Jeff Banister if Cole Hamels doesn't pitch deep into the game. Top relievers Shawn Tolleson and Sam Dyson have each pitched five days in a row. Plus Rangers could face a tiebreaker game on Monday and a wild-card game on Tuesday.

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