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The Texas Rangers Defeat the Los Angeles Angels to Tie Tampa Bay for the Final AL Wildcard Spot

The Texas Rangers are now tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the final American League wildcard spot after their 7-4 win over the LA Angels on Saturday.  The Cleveland Indians are now in the top spot for the first wildcard spot as the Rays lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.

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Texas sent starter Derek Holland (Pictured on the left) to the mound in Saturday’s rainy game opposite Los Angeles’ starter Garrett Richards.  Holland had issues with his command for  the majority of the day as he went just over four innings while giving up four runs on eight hits.  The Angeles defense would have more trouble though as they committed five errors, including two in the second inning to help the Rangers score four runs to take a 5-1 lead.  The win went to reliever Joakim Soria as Joe Nathan tacked on his 43 save of the season.  LA’s starter Garrett Richards would be awarded the loss.

The Rangers offense did their part as they had ten hits, including one from every spot in the lineup.  They also were 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and executed three sacrifice bunts, with Craig Gentry beat out one more for an RBI single.

Now there are still multiple tie-breaking scenarios that could come up on Sunday depending how everybody finishes up but they at least for today control their own destiny.  Both Texas and Tampa Bay enter the final day of the regular season one game back of Cleveland, so if the Rangers win and the Rays lose on Sunday, Texas will clinch the second the final wildcard spot.  Even if the Indians lose, they would host the Rangers for Wednesday’s wildcard game because they won the season series against Texas. If the Rangers and Rays win and the Indians lose on Sunday, Cleveland will host the Rays on Monday, with the loser of that game facing the Rangers in Texas on Tuesday.

With that, tomorrow’s season finale is basically a playoff game for both teams as it could be a win or go home scenario.  Texas will send ace Yu Darvish to the mound as first pitch for Sunday’s match-up is set for 2:05 pm from the Ballpark in Arlington and can be seen on FOX Sports SW.

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