The Texas Rangers have won the American League West for the second consecutive season.
A few hours after the Rangers pulled away for a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark, the Athletics held on for a 3-1 victory over the Angels in Anaheim.
Following David DeJesus' solo shot in the ninth to give Oakland a 3-1 lead, Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus rounded the bases in celebration.
The Angels loss, of course, gave the Rangers a six-game lead with only five regular season games left on the schedule. It’s the first time the Rangers have won consecutive division titles since 1998-99.
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Several thousand fans were on hand to watch the end of the A’s-Angels game, as the Rangers put the game on the right-field video board. And several players came on the field for the final innings.
Andrus, Derek Holland, Mike Adams, Mike Napoli, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler and C.J. Wilson were among the many to watch the Angels’ final out -- a Vernon Wells fly out -- on the field afterwards. The team then had a ginger ale celebration on the field, as Josh Hamilton and Wilson abstain from alcohol before the customary champagne celebration in the clubhouse.
The Rangers’ opponent in the American League Division Series likely won’t be known until the final few days of the season. If the season ended today, Texas would open the ALDS at the New York Yankees as the three-seed.
The Detroit Tigers and Rangers currently have the same record, but the Tigers hold the tiebreaker by winning the season series. The Rangers would open at home against the wild card team (currently the Boston Red Sox) if they finish with a better regular-season record than the Tigers.
-- Drew Davison