Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer to become the major league career leader in home runs by a player born outside the United States, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 10-1 on Tuesday night.
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Tough day on the injury front, as two of the top 30 starting pitchers of the past month, Danny Salazar (No. 29 on the Player Rater) and Alex Wood (No. 25), the No. 16 overall player during that same time frame, Joey Gallo, and the No. 30 player for the season, Cody Bellinger, all landed in the DL. Of those, Salazar's is of greatest concern, as it's his third DL stint in the past 13 months and second for an elbow issue. I can't say I'd plan on him contributing to fantasy teams the rest of the way.
Gallo has the most raw power of any player Keith Law has ever scouted, and the slugger's numbers back it up.
Eight teams are battling for the last playoff spot in the AL. Here are reasons to care about each, including L.A. and Texas, who face off tonight.
Ten years ago today, the Baltimore Orioles took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning. Then the Rangers scored 30 -- yes 30 -- unanswered runs.
OTD: Rangers rout O's in historic fashion
Tuesday marks the 10-year anniversary of the Rangers beating the Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored in a game in the modern era (since 1900). Texas scored all 30 runs in just four different innings, meaning the team was held scoreless in more innings than it scored.
Hamels continues winning ways with Texas
Cole Hamels improved to 9-1 in the Rangers' 5-3 win Monday. It was Hamels' 60th start with the Rangers, and he is now 31-7 (.816) with the team. Hamels is the second pitcher in major league history with an .800 or higher winning percentage in his first 60 starts with a team. Jim McCormick started 47-10 (.825) with the Cubs in 1885-1886. (Elias Sports Bureau)
Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer and Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings as the Texas Rangers cooled off the Los Angeles Angels with a 5-3 victory Monday night.
Rangers reliever Matt Bush has been placed on the disabled list with a sprained knee after colliding with third baseman Joey Gallo on Sunday during a play in the infield.
Go big or go home, Texas style
The Rangers went all out Sunday, dressed in Texas flag suits prior to traveling to California to face off with the Angels Monday.
Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush are both in the concussion protocol and will not travel with the team to Anaheim after colliding during Sunday's game, the team announced.
Miguel Gonzalez escaped early trouble and pitched six scoreless innings, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Joey Gallo, Carlos Gomez, Nomar Mazara, Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields have all gotten significant time in the outfield, but only one has made a notable impact on defense.
Saturday's longest home runs
Rougned Odor teed off twice against the White Sox, with his second blast reaching the upper deck in right field at Globe Life Park. A pair of rookies flexed their muscles in Saturday's Red Sox-Yankees tilt while Mike Trout's multihomer game in Baltimore gave him six seasons with at least 25 home runs, tying Tim Salmon's Angels record.
Rougned Odor homered twice, Mike Napoli also went deep, and both had five RBIs as the Texas Rangers overcame an early five-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 17-7 on Saturday night.
Nicky Delmonico lined an inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning, his second go-ahead homer of the game, and the Chicago White Sox stopped a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Nomar Mazara drove in five runs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Chicago White Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.