SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 07: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by manager Ron Washington (L) after scoring a run on a double by teammate Yorvit Torrealba in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants in the first meeting between the two teams since the World Series during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Young;Ron Washington
In what is a weekly segment, let's take a look around the rest of the AL West, which includes your Texas Rangers opening up a can and pouring it all over the rival Angels as the Angels have watched a two-game deficit balloon to seven games in five days.
1. Texas Rangers (72-52) — C.J. Wilson overcame a first inning to shut down the Angels, and Ian Kinsler delivered what could be the killshot to the Angels season on a 2-strike, 2-out count against Ervin Santana as the Rangers held on to win 4-3 for their ninth win in the past 10 games. Michael Young had his third straight three-hit day. Adrian Beltre is still marinating on the disabled list, and the Rangers offense has come to life in a big way in recent days.
2. Los Angeles Angels (65-59) — The Angels have lost five straight games, and the Rangers have won six straight. Five games lost in five days and the Angels are on life support, and it's beautiful. Jered Weaver takes the hill tonight against Colby Lewis and the Rangers, and if the Rangers can take down the Angels' ace, it could be church in the AL West.
3. Oakland A's (55-68) — I think we can basically quit talking about the bottom two teams in the division. Oakland has won two straight games against the worst team in the AL (Baltimore). They start a four-gamer tonight against Toronto. That's really about it.
4. Seattle Mariners (53-69) — See above. The M's have lost two straight to Toronto and start a three-game series on Friday against Tampa Bay.