ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Outfielder Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers makes the out on a fly ball next to the board displaying '2011 Al West Division Champions' while taking on the Tampa Bay Rays during Game One of the American League Division Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
As part of a season-ending series, we'll take a look at the 13 most memorable moments from the 2011 Texas Rangers season.
When: Aug 8-Aug. 28
What: The Texas Rangers owned the American League West in 2011, and never was that more evident than in a three-week stretch in August. Beginning Aug. 8 in Arlington against the Seattle Mariners, the Rangers went 10-3 against their divisional foes, culminating with a series win over the rival Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 28 in Arlington. The Rangers went 5-2 against the Angels in two August series, including taking 3 of 4 from the Angels in Anaheim and being a blown save away from a four-game sweep. The Rangers were a pretty average baseball team against the rest of the American League, going 6-9 in August against Central and East teams. But their dominance against the West allowed them to eventually pull away and win the West by 10 games thanks to their astonishing 40-17 season record against the division.
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