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Rangers clinch postseason berths for themselves, Orioles and Yankees

Sep 30, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

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After a rare Joe Nathan blown save and a rough loss in the opener, the Rangers came back to beat the Angels 8-7 in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader and clinch at least a wild card berth.

Mike Napoli again made some noise against his former team, homering twice and matching his career high with six RBI. He’s hit .396 with 12 homers, 10 doubles and 19 walks in 111 at-bats versus the Halos in two years as a member of the Rangers.

The Rangers’ outburst gave Derek Holland a win after he allowed seven runs in 6 2/3 innings. He became the fifth pitcher this season to give up seven runs in a win. One of the previous four was Ervin Santana, who took the loss for the Angels tonight. He gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings to end the regular season 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA.

The result clinched postseason berths for the Orioles and Yankees (both 92-67), as the Angels (88-71) are no longer possibility to overtake either with three games remaining. The Angels also fell three back of the A’s (91-68) with three to play.

The Rangers (93-66) head to Oakland with a two-game lead in the AL West. The A’s must win only one of the three games to clinch a wild card berth and eliminate the Angels and Rays (88-71).

  1. wethog66 - Sep 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM


    • wethog66 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      So friggin cool. How long has it been for us O’s fans? ’96 and that douche Jeffrey Maire?

      O’s in the playoffs! WHY NOT!

      • wethog66 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM

        Really its been since ’97 since the O’s were last in the playoffs. With the O’s really hitting rock bottom since, and that peckerhead kid in centerfield all I can remember of the O’s in the playoffs, guess I blacked ’97 out.

        Anyway, the O’s are back.

    • Old Gator - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:38 AM

      I think you ought to go change your trousers now….

  2. raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    So…for the Rays to get in, they must sweep the O’s, the Rangers must sweep the A’s, and to prevent a confusing 3-way tie the Angels must lose at least one to the Mariners. No problem!

    • kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      I am all for 3-way action….but it seems unlikely.

  3. muckthefets - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    I’m a diehard Phillies fan, and I gotta say its cool to see the O’s and the swingin A’s contending.

  4. throughthewickets - Oct 1, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Sweet Lord, Romney will fill in as one of the members of The Temptations before the Rangers sweep. He’ll fill in as a Pip, one of the Jackson Five or a Beach Boy before that happens.

    The Rangers are the rough equivalent of a ’76 Chevette. They are not going far.

  5. Old Gator - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:42 AM

    Are you ready to confess that Peter Angelos is a genius? Hah? You’re not walking out of here until you confess. Why are you being so obstinate? Confess!

    • flavadave10 - Oct 1, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      I think Angelos does deserve some props for allowing Dan Duquette to do his job and taking a more hands-off approach in owning the team. But yeah, he still killed the team that I love and made them irrelevant for 14 years. Of course, if the Orioles won the World Series, I’ll probably forgive him haha.

  6. pw38 - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Yeah the Angels and Rays are pretty much done with. No way the Rangers sweep the A’s. I hope we at least get one to win the division but it looks like the post season slots are pretty much set.

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