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Sep 26, 2010 - 2:29 AM By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer

Texas (85-68) at Oakland (77-76), 4:05 p.m. EDT

After clinching their first division title since 1999, the Texas Rangers may be able to relax briefly.

Playoff-bound Texas wraps up a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Sunday after joining Minnesota as the only teams to have secured postseason births so far.

With a 4-3 win Saturday, the Rangers (86-68) secured their first AL West title and playoff berth since 1999. Jorge Cantu's homer in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie - the first time he'd gone deep since being acquired from Florida in July for the stretch run.

"We just got Cantu a couple months ago and he came up with a humongous hit for us," second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "It was a great team effort today and it's the way we've been playing baseball all year. We just seem to pick each other up constantly."

For manager Ron Washington, who admitted earlier this year to using cocaine, the final out resulted in relief.

"When that ball went up all I wanted it to do was land in (left fielder Nelson Cruz's) glove," he said. "When it landed, I was able to relax. We committed to do something and we got it done, so that should tell those guys when they commit themselves and they bring the proper attitude and put the full effort there, real great things can happen for you."

Luckily for the Rangers, they were able to close things out before having to suit up against Trevor Cahill.

Cahill (17-7, 2.81 ERA) is 3-0 with a 0.68 ERA in four starts versus the Rangers this season, and 6-1 with a 1.55 ERA in eight career starts against Texas.

The right-hander defeated the Rangers in his most recent start against them Aug. 8 at the Coliseum, allowing two unearned runs and six hits in eight innings as Oakland triumphed 3-2.

Cahill has been nearly unbeatable at home, winning six consecutive starts en route to an 11-2 record with a 1.63 ERA. He defeated the visiting White Sox on Tuesday, limiting them to two runs and six hits with seven strikeouts over eight innings of a 7-2 victory.

"He's just made so much progress since last season," manager Bob Geren told the Athletics' official site. "The command of his fastball is a whole heck of a lot better."

Things haven't been going as well for Colby Lewis (11-13, 3.79) as he takes the mound for Texas.

Since going 8-5 with a 3.33 ERA prior to the All Star break, Lewis is 3-8 with a 4.42 ERA in the second half of the season.

He has posted an 0-3 record with a 3.69 ERA over five starts against the Athletics this season, and was roughed up in his most recent start against them. The right-hander surrendered seven runs - five earned - in 5 2-3 innings as the Rangers fell 8-2 on Aug. 29.

Cruz, who is third on Texas with 21 home runs and fourth with 75 RBIs, is 1 for 13 against Cahill in his career.

The Rangers are the only current franchise to never win a playoff series.






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    Rangers 16, Athletics 9  FinalSep 30 8:12 PM


  • Athletics 9, Rangers 16 - FINAL
    TEXAS ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    J Borbon cf 7 2 3 2 0 1 3 .282
    E German 2b 5 3 2 1 1 1 3 .333
    D Murphy lf 4 2 2 4 2 0 3 .290
    J Francoeur dh 6 2 4 4 0 1 1 .385
    C Davis 1b 6 0 0 0 0 2 5 .198
    J Cantu 3b 6 1 3 0 0 0 3 .250
    M Mo

    Sep 26 7:38 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAJAI DAVIS SCORED GABE GROSS
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R DAVIS ON FIRST, S TOLLESON ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 16
    OAKLAND 9 BOTTOM,9TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J DONALDSON (.172, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Rangers 16, Athletics 9  Bot 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:35 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MATT CARSON (4) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    9TH OFF CLAY RAPADA.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 16, OAKLAND 8
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: G GROSS (.242, 2-FOR-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI)

    Rangers 16, Athletics 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:26 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY MITCH MORELAND (7) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 9TH OFF ROSS WOLF SCORED JEFF FRANCOEUR AND DAVID
    MURPHY.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 16, OAKLAND 7
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: A BLANCO (.281, 2-FOR-4, BB)

    Rangers 16, Athletics 7  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:15 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF FRANCOEUR SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN AND JULIO
    BORBON
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J FRANCOEUR ON FIRST, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 13
    OAKLAND 7 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C DAVIS (.200, 0-FOR-5)

    Rangers 13, Athletics 7  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:10 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DAVID MURPHY SCORED TAYLOR TEAGARDEN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, E GERMAN ON SECOND, J
    BORBON ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 11
    OAKLAND 7 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J FRANCOEUR (.368, 3-FOR-5, HR, 2 RBI)

    Rangers 11, Athletics 7  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:06 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ESTEBAN GERMAN SCORED ANDRES BLANCO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E GERMAN ON FIRST, J BORBON ON SECOND, T
    TEAGARDEN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 10
    OAKLAND 7 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.290, 2-FOR-4, BB, HR, 3 RBI)

    Rangers 10, Athletics 7  Top 9, 0 OutsSep 26 7:05 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSH DONALDSON SCORED RAJAI DAVIS
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J DONALDSON ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9
    OAKLAND 7 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E SOGARD (.429, 1-FOR-1)

    Rangers 9, Athletics 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 26 6:53 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY STEVE TOLLESON (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF MATT HARRISON SCORED GABE GROSS AND MATT
    CARSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9, OAKLAND 6
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.274, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Rangers 9, Athletics 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 26 6:46 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GABE GROSS SCORED AKI IWAMURA AND JACK CUST
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, G GROSS ON FIRST, M CARSON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9
    OAKLAND 3 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: S TOLLESON (.277, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Rangers 9, Athletics 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsSep 26 6:43 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAVID MURPHY (12) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF VIN MAZZARO SCORED ESTEBAN GERMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 9, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J FRANCOEUR (.361, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Rangers 9, Athletics 1  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 26 5:46 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAJAI DAVIS SCORED GABE GROSS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R DAVIS ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 7
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D BARTON (.272, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 7, Athletics 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 26 5:38 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JEFF FRANCOEUR (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 4TH OFF TREVOR CAHILL.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 7, OAKLAND 0
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: C DAVIS (.205, 0-FOR-2)

    Rangers 7, Athletics 0  Top 4, 0 OutsSep 26 5:14 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JULIO BORBON SCORED ANDRES BLANCO
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J BORBON ON FIRST, T TEAGARDEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 6
    OAKLAND 0 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E GERMAN (.333, 1-FOR-2)

    Rangers 6, Athletics 0  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 26 4:57 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MITCH MORELAND (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    1 OUT IN THE 3RD OFF TREVOR CAHILL SCORED JORGE CANTU.
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 5, OAKLAND 0
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: A BLANCO (.280, 1-FOR-1)

    Rangers 5, Athletics 0  Top 3, 0 OutsSep 26 4:52 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID MURPHY SCORED JULIO BORBON
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 3
    OAKLAND 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J FRANCOEUR (.353, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Rangers 3, Athletics 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 26 4:34 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY JULIO BORBON SCORED ANDRES BLANCO
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BORBON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TEXAS 2
    OAKLAND 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: E GERMAN (.500, 1-FOR-1)

    Rangers 2, Athletics 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 26 4:29 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TEXAS 1 1 3 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: TEX - COLBY LEWIS
    OAK - TREVOR CAHILL

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.272, 5 HR, 48 RBI)
    D BARTON (.273, 8 HR, 51 RBI)
    M ELLIS (.281, 4 HR, 42 RBI)

    Rangers 1, Athletics 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsSep 26 4:18 PM