Rangers lose. A's win. Rangers are a Wild Card team. A's are the American League West champions. Ryan Dempster is terrible. Josh Hamilton is a Texas Ranger for a couple more days and then he's someone else's problem.
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It's over. The Rangers are not the 2012 American League West champions. Ryan Dempster is not Colby Lewis. Josh Hamilton is not Mickey Mantle. The Rangers are not the 1998 New York Yankees. We get to watch the Rangers try to continue playing baseball on Friday, however.
Josh Hamilton stood under the ball for the final out of the fourth inning that would have seen Ryan Dempster's abortion of a start conclude with the game tied. Instead, Hamilton dropped the ball, allowed the A's to scored two go-ahead runs on the error to bust open the game, and then laughed about it in the dugout when questioned by his manager. The A's have tacked on a run while the Rangers look like they've accepted their fate.
The Rangers had an opportunity in the top of the first to get something going but, and stop me if you've heard this one before, they couldn't get the big two-out hit with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, the A's couldn't help themselves from scratching out of run in the bottom of the inning.
Well, here we go. It's the final game of the regular season and the Rangers have to win it if they want to win their third consecutive American League West title. Should they not, they'll play in a one-game play-in as a Wild Card team. Should they, they're likely headed to Detroit to begin the ALDS.