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Rangers news and links for September 30
I think it is fair to say that this is the biggest doubleheader in Rangers history. The Rangers really need to win one of these two games today.
A win today means that, regardless of what happens with the A's, one win in Oakland clinches the division. Two wins today means that the Rangers are guaranteed no worse than a tie for first place, meaning Oakland would have to win four in a row against the Rangers (three games in Oakland plus a Game 163) to win the division. Two wins today plus an Oakland loss means the Rangers clinch the division.
Instead of a game story, Jeff Wilson has a story about the rain yesterday, with quotes from Ron Washington.
T.R. Sullivan also has a story about the rain delay and the doubleheader today.
Gerry Fraley writes that the rain out means the Rangers will have a "brutal" finish to the regular season.
With the Rangers theoretically able to clinch today, Richard Durrett has a story on the Rangers' previous division clinching days.
The S-T's notes talk about Nelson Cruz wanting to get hot, relievers needing to step up with Mike Adams out, Robbie Ross disappointed in his recent performance, and no one knowing who is starting on Monday.
Sullivan's notes talk about those same items.