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88-74 - The Texas Rangers are 2015 American League West champs!

Adrian Beltre and Cole Hamels carry Rangers across the finish line and the AL West flag will fly in Arlington

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Believe it or not, the Rangers actually never, ever quit!

The Rangers have won the American League West for the sixth time in franchise history. The Rangers survived yesterday's horror. The Rangers trailed 2-0 today. The Rangers trailed in the standings virtually all season. They did this without Yu Darvish. Without Derek Holland for four months. Without Jurickson Profar. Without Martin Perez for half the season.

They did this with Colby Lewis' robotic hip. With Adrian Beltre down to two fingers. With Prince Fielder going from slugger to Tony Gwynn facsimile. With Elvis Andrus finally turning back into Elvis Andrus. With Shin-Soo Choo going from the worst player I've ever seen to Barry Bonds. With significant innings from Wandy Rodriguez and Ross Detwiler. With a 7-14 record in April. After trailing in the division by 9.5 games in early May. After trailing by as many as 8 games as late as August 2. After leading baseball in games lost due to injury again.

It took a hashtag turned motto from a rookie manager. It took a reunion with Josh Hamilton on the Angels' dime. It took a reunion with Mike Napoli and an experiment in left field. It took 21 starts from converted position player Nick Martinez. It took guys like Sam Freeman, Ross Ohlendorf, and Anthony Bass holding a leaky bullpen together before guys like Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman came in and shoved. It took new ace Cole Hamels to come in and do his best Cliff Lee impression today in the clincher.

It took a glimpse of the future from Joey Gallo, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Andrew Faulkner, and Luke Jackson. And for Rougned Odor and Keone Kela, the future is now. It took Rule 5 draftee Delino DeShields coming from division rival Houston to ascend to the top of the order. It took the mid-year acquisitions of Hamels, Drew Stubbs, Will Venable, Napoli, Dyson, and Diekman. It took seven months, 57 players, 162 games, and a box of American flag shorts.

It wasn't easy. It was occasionally awful. It was often amazing. This is sports. This is special. Enjoy it, Rangers fans. #NeverEverQuit is real.

Players of the Game: Adrian Beltre just would not let this team lose. This team would just not let Adrian Beltre lose.