When: Sept. 28
What: Needing a win to secure homefield advantage for the ALDS and a date with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Rangers were in a pitching duel with their AL West rivals, the Los Angeles Angels, the team that gave up on catcher Mike Napoli. Napoli opened the game's scoring with a solo home run in the second inning to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead in Anaheim before the Angels came back and tied it up in the fifth. Then the game went scoreless until the ninth inning when the Angels brought in closer Jordan Walden to try to extend the game into extra innings. Mission aborted. Napoli stepped to the plate with Michael Young on base with two outs, and the rest was history. Napoli sent a ball into orbit and into the left field stands to give the Rangers a 3-1 ninth-inning lead that Neftali Feliz slammed the door shut on. It was an extra-special night for Napoli to stick it to his former club one last time in 2011, and it was a special night for the Rangers knowing they'd be going home for the ALDS instead of hitting the road.
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