Rangers earn split with Angels to get playoff spot

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in six runs as the Texas Rangers assured themselves and two other teams of spots in the playoffs with a 8-7 victory Sunday night, earning a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Angels.

Napoli's second homer in the nightcap was a go-ahead three-run shot in the third.

Two-time defending AL champion Texas (93-66) can be no worse than a wild card. The Rangers clinch their third consecutive AL West title by winning once in a three-game series at Oakland that starts Monday.

Los Angeles, which won Sunday's opener 5-4, trails the A's by three games for the AL's second wild card.

The loss by the Angels (88-71) also clinched playoffs spots for Baltimore and the New York Yankees, who are tied for the AL East lead.




 
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