Khris Davis hit another big home run, Jharel Cotton pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball and the Oakland Athletics extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with an 8-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
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Bruce Maxwell knew that people would be watching, and so he took a knee, pulling baseball into a polarizing protest movement fueled by stars in the NFL, NBA and elsewhere.
Jeff Banister has taken a leave from the Rangers to be with his ill mother. Team bench coach Steve Buechele took over as skipper against the A's for the team and will do so again on Sunday.
Rookie Matt Olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off Nick Martinez that helped the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 4-1 on Friday night and damage the Rangers' playoff hopes.
Twins stabilize wild-card chances
The Twins righted the ship on Thursday with a 12-1 win over the Tigers, as their chance at earning the second wild-card berth jumped with nine games remaining. The Rangers stayed alive with a victory, while the Angels' chances took a big hit with a loss to the Indians.
Cole Hamels dominated for eight innings, Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo went deep and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Thursday night to hang around the AL wild-card hunt.
Rangers back in the hunt?
The Twins' chances for the second wild-card spot went down slightly after being swept by the Yankees. Combined with a loss by the Angels, the door is now open for the Rangers, who saw their chances nearly double. The Royals aren't out of it just yet either.
Average low, power high for Odor
Rougned Odor's grand slam in the Rangers' win over the Mariners on Wednesday was his 30th long ball of the season to go along with his .209 batting average. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, only three players in major league history have hit 30 or more homers while posting a batting average below .210 in a season: Dave Kingman in 1982 (37 HR, .204 BA), Mark Reynolds in 2010 (32 HR, .198 BA) and Adam Dunn in 2012 (41 HR, .204 BA).
Rougned Odor's grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning and the Texas Rangers held off the Seattle Mariners 8-6 on Wednesday night to make up ground in the playoff chase.
Can the Twins hold off the Angels?
The Yankees are all but locked into a wild-card spot, while the Twins have a significant advantage over the Angels despite losing four of five. The Rangers' two-game win streak is probably too little, too late, while losing streaks by the Mariners (four games) and Royals (three) have just about sunk them.
Shin-Soo Choo's sacrifice fly broke a tie in the eighth inning, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Tuesday night to help their slim playoff chances.
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Looking to pick up a game on the Twins, the Mariners blew a chance to take the lead in the seventh. With runners at the corners and one out, Yonder Alonso wandered too far off third as Guillermo Heredia pulled his bat back on a possible safety squeeze and was picked off. Predictably, Heredia then singled, but the Mariners failed to score. Game still tied.
Rougned Odor might not be an awful baseball player, but he has been historically awful this year. The thing is, he's most definitely not alone. More sluggers than ever before are hitting home runs -- and doing almost nothing else.
Gallo's bomb leads the way Sunday
Josh Donaldson hit a monster homer of his own Sunday, but it wasn't enough to wrest the top spot from Joey Gallo, who hit the third-longest homer in MLB this season. Tim Beckham, Yangervis Solarte and Matt Olson round out the top five.
Highlighted by homers like the 490-foot blast he hit against the Angels on Sunday, Gallo is finally proving his game will translate to the major leagues.
Joey Gallo hit a monster home run and Miguel Gonzalez pitched well to lead the Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday at Angel Stadium.
Justin Upton hit two home runs, Parker Bridwell outpitched Cole Hamels and the Los Angeles Angels moved up in the AL wild-card race, beating the Texas Rangers 2-0 Saturday night.
C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the Angels' five-run rally in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles trimmed its deficit in the AL wild-card race to two games with a 7-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Cole Hamels would need to lead a tremendous charge over the final 16 games for the reigning AL West champions to return to the postseason.
Lucky us: We get to watch a bunch of historically elite teams -- the best group in decades! -- collide in the postseason. Unlucky wild-card teams: We're sorry to inform you that you don't have a prayer.
Nelson Cruz went 4-for-4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers 10-4 on Thursday night.
Mike Zunino homered twice, Jean Segura also went deep and the Seattle Mariners won 8-1 at Texas on Wednesday night, jumping over the Rangers in the wild-card chase and handing Martin Perez his first loss in eight starts.
Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 on Tuesday night in a matchup of wild-card hopefuls.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (hamstring) makes early return from disabled list on the same night Willie Calhoun made his major league debut.
2018 Rangers schedule announced
The Rangers will open the season at home against the Astros on March 29 with the first of a four-game series. Texas then travels to Oakland to take on the A's in another four-game set.