The Texas Rangers clinched the AL West
title Saturday and their first playoff berth in 11 years, beating
the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Jorge Cantu's tiebreaking home run in
the eighth inning.
Players streamed from the Texas dugout after closer Neftali
Feliz retired Cliff Pennington on a fly ball to left field for the
final out with the potential tying run on second base.
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton, who has been sidelined with
broken ribs for three weeks, hugged teammates and jumped up and
down near third base as a mob of players celebrated.
The Rangers became the second major league team to lock up a
postseason spot this season, joining the AL Central champion