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92-63 - Elvis and Yu power Rangers to Hangover Game victory 5-0

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Elvis Andrus wasn't hungover, he was drunk on his own power

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The Hangover Game is always fun. In 2010, the Rangers clinched on Sept. 25 and followed that up with a 16-9 victory over the A's as a lineup led by rookie right fielder Mitch Moreland beat the stuffing out of A's starter Trevor Cahill.

In 2011, the Rangers clinched on the evening of Sept. 23 and followed that up with a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. That game was an LSB Tailgate event which saw the Rangers rough up King Felix Hernandez with a lineup that included Esteban German, Endy Chavez, and Andres Blanco.

In 2015, the Rangers didn't clinch until the final day of the season so they had a couple of off days to sober up before heading to Toronto to beat the Blue Jays in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Now, back in Oakland one night after clinching, the Rangers ran out a lineup that KevinWC cleverly called "The lineup of futures past" on Twitter. The 2, 3, and 4 hitters in the lineup were Jurickson Profar, Nomar Mazara, and Joey Gallo. We've been dreaming on that configuration for a half decade now and it was made possible thanks to some champagne last night.

Of course, as it would turn out, the real power threat was lurking all the way down in the No. 7 spot of the order.

All of this was fun. Adrian Beltre was coaching from the dugout. The vets were lounging in the shade getting off their feet. But there was one thing that really did actually matter today and that's Yu Darvish.

Darvish made the start against his archnemesis A's after having faced Oakland in Arlington last week where he allowed seven runs in five innings in one of his worst starts as a professional. Today, Yu was back and he was making the A's look like the team with the hangover.

Darvish finished his day having thrown 99 pitches in seven innings while allowing just two hits, zero runs, and just one walk while striking out nine. After whispers of concern about the Rangers' two aces over the last couple of weeks, Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels tossed a combined 14 innings of shutout ball this weekend. Bring on October!

With the win, the Rangers will remain atop the American League at the end of today by at least a half game over Cleveland and a full game over Boston. Texas holds the tiebreaker over both teams with just six left to play.

Player of the Game: Elvis Andrus asked to be in the lineup today as the only regular who appeared on the card submitted by manager Banister. So, of course, Elvis had the first two-homer day of his career, set a career high with 8 dingers in a season, and drove in four of the five Rangers runs to set a career high with 68 RBIs.

It's nice to know that even after clinching the division championship, this season remains dumb and great.

Up Next: The Rangers play their final regular season road game of 2016 tomorrow and also the final game against an AL West opponent. Colby Lewis makes the start for Texas with a sweep of Oakland on the line against young RHP Jharel Cotton. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 pm CT.