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Rangers vs. Angels: Texas clinches playoff spot

A huge day from Mike Napoli helped the Rangers clinch at least a wild card berth in a wild Sunday doubleheader.

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Rangers win with 6 RBI from Mike Napoli

The Texas Rangers gain valuable breathing room in the AL West


Rangers, Angels gear up for doubleheader

The Texas Rangers are taking on the Los Angeles Angels early on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.


Rangers, Angels to play day-night doubleheader

Saturday's game between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels has been rescheduled due to rain. The two will play a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.


Rangers, Angels stuck in a rain delay

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels are currently stuck in a two-plus hour rain delay in Arlington. The tarps have been on the field since Friday night's game, and the latest is that the game would not be starting any earlier than 5 p.m. CT, and we are already approaching 30 minutes past that time.

Both teams really want to get this game in today, so that they do not have to make this one up, but if it does have to be rescheduled odds are that the two will play a double-header on Sunday.

If the game is played, Derek Holland will be on the mound for the Rangers and he will be going up against Angels' Ervin Santana. Both teams are fighting for playoff positioning, and playing a double-header on Sunday could mess with their bullpen.

Currently, the rain is pouring in Arlington and the outcome for the game to be played seems bleak. Weather.com has 95 to 100 percent chance of rain from now until 11 p.m., and then after that it drops off to just 70 percent chance of rain.


Ryan Dempster getting the start for Texas

The Texas Rangers are looking to lock up the A.L. West as they begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Currently, the Rangers have a four-game lead in the West, and the Angels are six back, but just two in the wild card spot.

This game will not be one that either team will be taking lightly as both are trying to nail down a playoff spot. The Rangers are sending out Ryan Dempster who is 7-2, but has an ERA at 4.48, and can vary form a short outing, like his one two starts ago where he lasted just 3.1 innings, or pitch over six innings which two of his last three starts have lasted. The Rangers would like to have Dempster make it at least five innings.

The Angels are countering with Jared Weaver who is looking for his 20th win of the year, and is the Angels ace. Weaver is a shutdown pitcher who has a very impressive 2.74 ERA.

Rangers lineup:
1. Mike Trout CF
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Kendrys Morales DH
5. Alberto Callaspo 3B
6. Howard Kendrick 2B
7. Erick Aybar SS
8. Mark Trumbo LF
9. Chris Iannetta C
Ryan Dempster P

Angels linsup:
1. Ian Kinsler 2B
2. Elvis Andrus SS
3. Josh Hamilton CF
4. Adrian Beltre 3B
5. Nelson Cruz RF
6. Michael Young DH
7. David Murphy LF
8. Mike Napoli C
9. Mitch Moreland 1B
Jared Weaver P

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