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Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, right, is greeted by third base coach Brian Butterfield as he runs the bases on a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Pujols 2 HRs, passes Mays for 5th place, Angels beat Rangers

Sep. 19, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols needed nearly five weeks to tie Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list. It took only five days for the Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him. Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers to break the tie with Mays,...

Texas Rangers third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa throws to first for the out after fielding a ground ball by Houston Astros' Alex Bregman during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Valdez, Tucker lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

Sep. 17, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 solid innings, Kyle Tucker homered and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Thursday night. Tucker gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer to right in the second that just made it over the wall. Tucker said he...

Houston Astros' Alex Bregman watches his two-run single against the Texas Rangers during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Springer and Maldonado homer, Astros beat Rangers 4-1

Sep. 15, 2020 11:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer and Martín Maldonado homered, Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and the Houston Astros got a needed 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The Astros, who are two games ahead of Seattle for second place in the AL West with the...

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

Sep. 15, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and Major League Baseball hopes fans can attend. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be part of a bubble designed to minimize exposure to the...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Houston. Andrus was once that kid for the Texas Rangers, the 20-year-old shortstop whose big league debut forced one of the franchise's most popular players then to change positions. Andrus is now 32, and his 12th season is done because of lingering lower back issues. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Aging Elvis: Back issues, questions about future as Texas SS

Sep. 15, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

Elvis Andrus was once that kid for the Texas Rangers, the 20-year-old shortstop whose big league debut forced one of the franchise's most popular players to change positions. Andrus is now 32, and his 12th season is done because of lingering lower back issues. That has raised questions about his future as...

Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) makes the throw to first on a double play over Texas Rangers Leody Taveras (65) in the third inning during a baseball game in Arlington, Tex, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

AL West-leading A's hit frenetic stretch with loss in Texas

Sep. 13, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The busy A's are in the midst of a frenetic few days the American League West leaders knew were coming, and manager Bob Melvin is hoping for a minimum of break-even baseball. A loss in Texas sent Oakland on its way with that plan intact. Ace Lance Lynn struck out a season-high 10 in...

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Wes Benjamin (75) works the third inning against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Semien 4 RBIs as A's win nightcap 10-1 for DH split in Texas

Sep. 12, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right after the Oakland Athletics bounced back in a big way, the AL West leaders got yet another bit of bad news. Marcus Semien drove in four runs, Chris Bassitt struck out eight over six innings and the A's beat the Texas Rangers 10-1 on Saturday night to get a split in their...

Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson (28) celebrates with Tommy La Stella, second from left rear, Ramon Laureano and Marcus Semien, right rear, as Mark Canha (20) looks watches after Olson hit a grand slam off Texas Rangers' Luis Garcia during the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Olson cleanup slam in 1st sends A's to 10-6 win over Rangers

Sep. 12, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Olson delivered in a situation made for a cleanup hitter, at the same place where the Oakland slugger spent his only game this season in the bottom half of the lineup. Olson connected for a grand slam off Luís Garcia after the Texas opener walked the bases loaded to start...

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout smiles as he approaches the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Home runs by Trout, Walsh power Angels past Rangers 6-2

Sep. 10, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th home run, a 449-foot drive into the second deck in left field, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Thursday to avoid being swept in six games this season at new Globe Life Field. Trout, a three-time AL MVP, homered in...

Los Angeles Angels catcher Anthony Bemboom is unable to get the tag on Texas Rangers' Leody Taveras (65), who stole home during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Kiner-Falefa gets 4 hits, leads Rangers over Angels 7-3

Sep. 10, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa matched a career high with four hits, Nick Solak drove in a pair of runs and the Texas Rangers had a few rookies get some big firsts in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. John King (1-0) gave up one unearned run over two innings to get his...