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Rangers beat A's, clinch American League West crown

Sep 25, 2010, 7:43 PM EST

Buoyed by a solid performance from starter Derek Holland and a game-winning eighth-inning home run by first baseman Jorge Cantu, the Rangers became the second MLB team to wrap up a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 4-3 victory over the A’s.

The Twins grabbed the American League Central crown earlier this week.

Congratulations are in order for manager Ron Washington, who has quickly become one of the more well-respected skippers in the game.  And general manager Jon Daniels, a great and young front-office mind.

The Rangers haven’t been to the playoffs since 1999, when they lost in the ALDS.  They haven’t made it to the ALCS or beyond in the 49-year history of the franchise.

  1. iliketexas - Sep 25, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    YYYYEEEESSS!!!! it is about time for winning baseball in the metroplex.. i was only 9 the last time they clinched so needless to say im gonna enjoy this season much more

  2. RichardInBigD - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    I can’t believe that, 18 hours after this was first posted, there is only one comment. I’m thrilled to death that the Rangers have finally broken through their self-imposed glass ceiling, but I am reserving unbridled enthusiasm for when these boys do something they’ve never done before: win a playoff game at home!

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