Eight teams are battling for the last playoff spot in the AL. Here are reasons to care about each, including the Angels and Rangers, who meet tonight.
OTD: Rangers rout O's in historic fashion
Tuesday marks the 10-year anniversary of the Rangers beating the Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored in a game in the modern era (since 1900). Texas scored all 30 runs in just four different innings, meaning the team was held scoreless in more innings than it scored.
Mavericks restricted free agent Nerlens Noel has fired agent Happy Walters and signed with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.
Hamels continues winning ways with Texas
Cole Hamels improved to 9-1 in the Rangers' 5-3 win Monday. It was Hamels' 60th start with the Rangers, and he is now 31-7 (.816) with the team. Hamels is the second pitcher in major league history with an .800 or higher winning percentage in his first 60 starts with a team. Jim McCormick started 47-10 (.825) with the Cubs in 1885-1886. (Elias Sports Bureau)
A Title IX lawsuit filed Monday says a recent sexual assault investigation "directly contradicted any assurance that meaningful change had occurred" at Baylor following the sexual violence scandal involving the football program.
Remember "One True Champion"? The Big 12 does. The league hopes having a conference title game will change its sagging playoff fortune. But there are no guarantees.
Go big or go home, Texas style
The Rangers went all out Sunday, dressed in Texas flag suits prior to traveling to California to face off with the Angels Monday.
Saturday's longest home runs
Rougned Odor teed off twice against the White Sox, with his second blast reaching the upper deck in right field at Globe Life Park. A pair of rookies flexed their muscles in Saturday's Red Sox-Yankees tilt while Mike Trout's multihomer game in Baltimore gave him six seasons with at least 25 home runs, tying Tim Salmon's Angels record.
Texas loves the long ball
Aaron Judge may have smacked a 457-foot moon shot, but two of the five longest home runs hit on Wednesday came off the bat of Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre, who both play for Texas teams.
Dodgers getting Darvish the Rangers expected
Prior to putting up two 10-strikeout games in as many starts with the Dodgers, Yu Darvish had just four 10-K games in 22 starts with the Rangers this season. The right-hander's season high for strikeouts (12) came in his second-to-last start with Texas.
Stanton continues HR streak with 432-foot shot
Joey Gallo hit Tuesday's longest home run, but Giancarlo Stanton remains the talk of the town after hitting a 432-foot homer against the Giants to extend his HR streak to six games.
Former Baylor student Jasmin Hernandez, who filed a Title IX lawsuit alleging the university improperly responded to allegations of assault or abuse, reached an undisclosed financial settlement after a daylong mediation Saturday.
Tigers and Rangers highlight Monday's longest HRs
Miami's Marcell Ozuna might have hit Monday's longest home run, but the Tigers-Rangers game had plenty of deep homers, too. Detroit's Justin Upton and Texas' Joey Gallo each hit balls that went farther than 425 feet.
A book about the Baylor sexual assault scandal says that the school's football culture also led to the avoidance of random drug testing.
Rangers honor one of the greats
The Texas Rangers celebrated Ivan Rodriguez's Hall of Fame induction by retiring his No. 7 before Saturday's game. Pudge played 21 seasons, 13 with the Rangers, and tallied the most games played for a catcher in MLB history.
Ross off DL, gets the ball Saturday
The Rangers activated RHP Tyson Ross (finger) from the 10-day disabled list, and he will start Saturday night against the Astros. To make room, the Rangers optioned OF Ryan Rua to Triple-A Round Rock.
Marinez activated, Smith demoted
The Rangers optioned INF Tyler Smith to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday after a brief appearance with the big club, to make room for recently-acquired RHP Jhan Marinez. The 29-year-old Marinez was claimed off waivers from the Pirates on Thursday.
A federal judge in Texas has ruled that Baylor must release underlying documents in its investigation into the school's handling of sexual violence that led to the ouster of its president and firing of head football coach Art Briles last year.