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Springer Grab Determined Early Division Lead

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    Hey, we all know it's just one week into the six-month, 162-game MLB season, but with all the dark clouds cast over Rangers Nation at the moment, first place in the AL West after a week of play probably would've been a pretty nice feather in the cap for the Rangers and moreso, their fans.

    But George Springer had other thoughts.

    The young right fielder's unbelievable catch on an apparent Leonys Martin extra-innings, walk-off grand slam kept Sunday's game going a little bit longer and allowed Hank Conger to eventually hit a two-run homer that proved to be the game-winner in the 14th inning of the Astros win over Texas.

    That catch, and the Astros' subsequent win put the Astros in first place with the Seattle Mariners at 3-3, but had Martin's hit left the yard, or even fell just inside the fence and not in Springer's glove, it would've won the game for Texas and put the Rangers in sole possession of first place at 4-3.

    "For me, that's going to be the best catch that anybody makes in my life," Martin told MLB.com. "Especially a grand slam, walk-off. I can't believe that he made that play. I can't believe it."

    Again, first place right now means nothing, but it might've meant something to a team whose confidence has to be reeling right now after the loss of their de facto ace who took over the title because their real ace is out for the year.