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Rangers put on alert in West

Angels serve notice that two-team division race is heating up with series win

Updated: July 22, 2011, 1:38 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- With 63 games and one quickly approaching trade deadline to go, the two-team race in the American League West is officially on.

The Texas Rangers arrived in Southern California soaking in Monday's off day and a chance to ponder yet another sweep of division mates. Such a scenario would usher a commanding seven-game lead and force the Los Angeles Angels to make a long, hard climb that the once-dominant club couldn't muster a year ago when Texas ran away with the division.

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