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Trade: Prince Fielder to Rangers
A big trade hit baseball on Wednesday night, and when we say "big," we don't just mean the implications. The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, one of MLB's more sizable stars, is moving to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal on the field seems like a win for Texas; they get Fielder, still a solid hitter even if his power has waned of late, and also clear a spot for promising youngster Jurickson Profar. But Detroit saves more than $70 million, potentially allowing them to sign reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.
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Will the Rangers regroup in 2014?
Had they beaten the Rays in Monday night's one-game playoff, the 2013 Texas Rangers would have been remembered for winning their final seven regular-season games and snapping out of a month-long tailspin. But Tampa Bay's 5-2 win made that effort a footnote to the Rangers' second straight September free fall. There's plenty of blame to go around, but remember this: In the past decade, when the Red Sox and Mets collapsed down the stretch, managers Terry Francona and Willie Randolph lost their respective jobs. Will Texas skipper Ron Washington keep his?
Will Rangers make the playoffs?
Whew. It's over. At least, the Texas Rangers' seven-game losing skid is, after Ron Washington's team finally led, then finally won, 7-1 over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Still, Texas -- which fell Wednesday -- has dropped 13 of 16 games, conjuring up memories of last September, when the Rangers went 15-13 and lost the AL West lead in the final week of the season. The sudden fall has allowed the Oakland Athletics to run off with the division lead and put Texas's wild-card hopes in jeopardy. Will the Rangers turn it around in time or watch October baseball from the sidelines?
Baseball races reach the stretch run
With three weeks in the regular season, Major League Baseball's playoff picture is coming into focus, though some big questions remain. The Cardinals, Pirates and Reds are in a tight race for the National League Central, while Oakland or Texas are battling it out for the American League West title. But the most drama is in the race for the second AL wild card, where five teams are vying for one playoff berth. Do the Indians, Orioles, Yankees or Royals have enough left in the tank to challenge the Rays?