Latest AL West News

Rangers play final homestand ahead of move to new stadium

Sep. 23, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus has spent his entire career as a player in the Texas Rangers' ballpark, from his debut as a 20-year-old shortstop to consecutive World Series and now being the team's longest-tenured player. Hunter Pence grew up in Arlington dreaming of what it would be like to play...

Rangers hit 5 HRs to halt A's surge in 8-3 win

Sep. 22, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics didn't seem too concerned after a lopsided defeat to the Texas Rangers prevented them from adding to their lead in the AL wild-card race. Tampa Bay's loss to Boston earlier in the day gave the A's a little more margin for error and made it a lot easier for...

Haves, have-nots: MLB ties mark for 100-win, 100-loss teams

Sep. 22, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Baseball's haves and have-nots sure do have it this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Major League Baseball its third 100-win team while Kansas City became its fourth 100-loss club Sunday, matching big league records for success and futility. The Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4,...

Springer 3 HRs, Verlander 20th win, Astros clinch AL West

Sep. 22, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros put a check mark in the September box. And amid the celebration of clinching their third straight AL West title, they already were thinking ahead to what they might achieve in October. "You can't ever take the first goal for granted,"...

Houston Astros clinch third straight AL West title with 13-5 win over Angels

Sep. 22, 2019 5:46 PM EDT
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros clinch third straight AL West title with 13-5 win over Angels.

Astros' Springer hit 3 HRs in 1st 4 innings vs Angels

Sep. 22, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer has hit a career-high three homers for the Houston Astros, all of them in the first four innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The MLB record of four home runs in a game has been done 18 times. J.D. Martinez did it most recently for Arizona on Sept. 4, 2017. In...

Davis first September HR lifts Orioles past Mariners 2-1

Sep. 22, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — For one brief moment, the Chris Davis of years ago made an appearance at Camden Yards. Sweet stroke, long ball, slow home run trot. It was all there for Davis, who savored an uplifting moment in an otherwise dreary season. Davis hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, a blast from...

LEADING OFF: Verlander nears 20, Cubs skid, ex-cellent Rays

Sep. 22, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: THE BIG 2-0 Justin Verlander tries to become a 20-game winner for the second time in his career as the Astros aim to clinch the AL West title at home by beating the Angels. He reached the mark in 2011, going 24-5 for Detroit and winning the AL MVP and Cy Young...

Semien reaches base 6 times, A's roll past Rangers 12-3

Sep. 22, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien is going to need a little bit of luck to become the first Athletics player in more than 15 years to get 200 hits. Getting into the AL MVP discussion might be a little easier for the Oakland shortstop. Semien hit his 32nd home run and reached base six times, and the A's...

Smith's sprint in 13th to lift Mariners over Orioles 7-6

Sep. 22, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Edging off second base with two outs in the 13th inning, Mallex Smith had one thought in mind as Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz whipped the ball across the diamond. "I am definitely going to win that game," Smith said. Smith scored after Tim Lopes beat out an infield grounder, and the...