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Texas vs Oakland: Rangers swept, lose division title

The Texas Rangers blew a late-season lead division lead, getting swept in Oakland in the final series of the year. Now the Rangers must play in the wild card game to stay alive in the postseason.

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Game time and TV for the Rangers-O's playoff game

Game time, starters, TV schedule and more for Friday's Orioles-Rangers Wild Card playoff game.

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Rangers dominated by A's in 12-5 loss

The Texas Rangers put one of their worst efforts of the season together on Wednesday, as the Oakland A's wrestled the AL West crown away.

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Texas swept in Oakland, settles for wild card

The Texas Rangers lost to the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, 12-5, losing all three games of the series and conceding the American League West division title to the A's.

The A's took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, on a Brandon Moss double to right field. The Rangers would roar back, however, knocking starting pitcher A.J. Griffin from the game in the top of the third inning after taking a 5-1 lead.

Rangers starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was unable to hold the lead, allowing two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning before being pulled in favor of Derek Holland. The lefty would get two quick outs before allowing a game-tying two-run double to Coco Crisp.

The inning appeared over when Yoenis Cespedes popped up to center field, but Josh Hamilton dropped the fly ball and allowed two more runs to score. The A's scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-5 lead.

The Rangers were unable to take advantage of having two runners in scoring position with no outs in the seventh inning, with David Murphy and Mike Napoli both striking out. Hamilton was 1-for-5 in the game with three strikeouts, with Michael Young going 1-for-5 with a RBI, while stranding four.

The A's would add on four runs in the eighth inning, fueled by Ian Kinsler's one-out error. The Rangers committed three errors in the game.

The Texas Rangers entered the final series of the season needing just one win against Oakland to win the division, yet they were swept by the A's and now must play in the A.L. wild card playoff. They'll face either the New York Yankees or the Baltimore Orioles, with first pitch set for 7:37 p.m. CT.

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A's pull starter, Rangers leads 4-1

The Texas Rangers lead, 4-1, after forcing Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Griffin from the game in the top of the third inning.

Griffin had only allowed three baserunners (two walks, one single) to reach before the wheels started to come off at the start of the third.

Ian Kinsler began the inning with a leadoff single and Adrian Beltre sent him home with a single of his own three batters later. Then Rangers then proceeded to score three more runs all with two outs off a Michael Young RBI double, a David Murphy two-RBI single and a Geovany Soto RBI single.

Evan Scribner replaced Griffin and forced a ground out from Kinsler for the third out after the Rangers had gone through their entire lineup. Scribner also pitched another scoreless inning for Oakland with the game now in the bottom of the fourth.

Texas starter Ryan Dempster has allowed three hits and one earned run (off a Brandon Moss RBI double) with three strikeouts, through the first three innings.

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Oakland, Texas meet with division on the line

The Texas Rangers have been in control of the American League West all season, yet they could still lose the division on the season's final day.

Game 162 between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics Wednesday in Oakland will determine the winner of the AL West, with the loser still assured a playoff berth. However, that loser will have to tangle with either the New York Yankees or Baltimore Orioles in a one-game Wild Card playoff on Friday, while the winner is assured a spot in the best-of-5 Wild Card round.

Oakland beat Texas 3-1 on Tuesday to move into a first-place tie, something few could have predicted before the season when it looked like Oakland was a distant also-ran to Texas and the Anaheim Angels. The A's were behind by 13 games on June 30.

The Rangers came into the three-game series needing only a win to clinch the division, but now find themselves on the verge of losing it and having to play an extra game en route to a third-straight American League title after losing two straight to the A's.

Ryan Dempster looks to cement the division for the Rangers in Wednesday's season finale. He'll face Oakland starter A.J. Griffin. First pitch is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. CT.

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Rangers vs. Athletics: Game time, TV and more

This one's for all the marbles. After 161 games each, the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers will pin their hopes for the AL West title on the final game of the year. Both teams have clinched a spot in the postseason, but the higher seed will be tempting for the home-field advantage and rest it offers.

Oakland has won five straight games since its last loss to the Rangers, including the first two games of their final series. Texas had only needed one win to clinch the division, but lost, 4-3 and 3-1.

Texas will pin its hopes on Ryan Dempster (7-3, 4.64 ERA), and he's not a bad choice. Since coming over from the Cubs at the deadline, Dempster has put together a solid season for the Rangers, with six straight wins against teams not called the Angels. The A's will counter with rookie A.J. Griffin (7-1, 2.71 ERA), who has won 10 of his last 12.

The game will be at 2:35 p.m. CT at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. It will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and the MLB Network.

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Game 162: It comes down to this

Against all the odds, the last game of the season matters for the Texas Rangers and the American League West. And things do not look so good.

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Matt Harrison can clarify Rangers' fate

The Texas Rangers find themselves in an odd spot on Tuesday -- needing to win, or else they'll face a do-or-die Game 162 for the AL West crown.

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A's clinch playoff berth with 4-3 win over Rangers

The Oakland Athletics clinched a playoff spot on Monday night, defeating the Texas Rangers 4-3.

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