Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/27/12
By Art Garcia ARLINGTON, Texas - The Texas Rangers took another big step toward their third straight American League West crown with Thursday afternoon's 9-7 victory over the hard-charging Oakland A's. Texas (92-64) split the four-game series at Rangers Ballpark to reduce its magic number to clinch the AL West to three games with six games left in the regular season. While winning the division is a long shot for Oakland, the A's are still in position to claim one of the two Wild Card spots. Oakland hasn't been in the playoffs since 2006, while the Rangers have reached the World Series the last two years. Texas got the series split by jumping on their closest divisional pursuers with an early power display. Ian Kinsler led off the first with a home run, and Mike Napoli added a two-run shot later in the inning, as the Rangers took a 5-0 lead. Kinsler's seven leadoff home runs this season lead the Majors, while also tying his career high for a season. After Texas had score...
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