Found August 09, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
Derek Wangler The past 2 seasons the Texas Rangers have been the AL’s representative in the World Series. The Rangers have lost both of those World Series. This offseason it seemed that the rival LA Angels were tired of watching the playoffs and decided to do something about that by throwing huge money at Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. The Rangers countered the Angels huge moves by winning the bid for highly sought after Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish. At the trade deadline this season, the Rangers and Angels were in a bidding war for the services of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Zack Greinke. The Rangers had a great package put together and it seemed like Greinke was on his way to Texas. Until LA swooped in last second and threw in their highly touted SS Jean Segura. The Angels had won the battle for Greinke and the Rangers needed to counter yet again. So just before the trade deadline expired the Rangers traded for Ryan Dempster. He’s no Greinke, but he’s close and it’s the best the Rangers could do. Now in August, the rivalry is still kicking. In the season series, the Angels lead the Rangers 7-6. The two teams split a 4 game series in Texas that was full of craziness. The first game of the series, it was Ervin Santana vs. Roy Oswalt. Oswalt gave up 8 runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, and the Angels cruised to a 15-8 victory. In the second game of the series LA trotted out their ace Jered Weaver and threw a gem. The Angels won that contest by a score of 6-2. Then in the third game, the Angels would lead the Rangers 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning. LA had their closer Ernesto Frieri in the game to shut it down. Ian Kinsler had other plans as he hit a game tying home run to send the game into extras. In the top of the 10th the Angels exploded for 3 runs led by a 2-run blast from Albert Pujols on Texas closer Joe Nathan. But even down by 3 in the bottom of the 10th, the Rangers weren’t done. With Frieri still in the game Nelson Cruz got the inning started with a solo shot to deep centerfield, down by 2. After an error, a walk, and a single, the bases were loaded with nobody out. Micheal Young scored on a single by Mitch Moreland and the Rangers were down by just 1, with nobody out and the bases still loaded. Two batters later Elvis Andrus ripped a single down the left field line scoring two and the game was over. The Rangers would win the last game of the series by a score of 15-9. Your browser does not support iframes. This is why people love baseball. You don’t get to see rivalry’s like this in any other sport. Some people may say that baseball’s season is too long, but this is the payoff. Games like that 10 inning classic between two division rivals. In any other game if a team goes up by 3 in extra innings the game is most likely over. It’s only one game after all. Just pack it in and try and again tomorrow right? Not against a division rival. That’s why baseball is so great.  
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