Starter Cole Hamels breezed through seven scoreless innings while Carlos Beltran and Adrian Beltre each homered to allow the Rangers to celebrate a post-season berth with a shutout. The victory secured a second consecutive division title for Texas (91-63), who lost in the American League Division Series a year ago, and fourth in the last seven years.
The A's are looking to avoid a sweep at home to the Rangers. Bob Melvin has issued his lineup card for Sunday's series finale. Texas Rangers 1. Carlos Gomez (R) LF 2. Ian Desmond (R) CF 3. Carlos Beltran (S) DH 4. Adrian Beltre (R) 3B 5. Rougned Odor (L) 2B 6. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C 7. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B 8. Jared Hoying (L) RF 9. Hanser Alberto (R) SS Colby Lewis -- RHP Oakland A's 1. Joey Wendle (L) 2B 2. Stephen Vogt (L) DH 3. Ryon Healy (R) 3B 4. Khris Davis (R) LF 5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B 6. Marcus Semien (R) SS 7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C 8. Brett Eibner (R) CF 9. Matt Olson (L) RF Jharel Cotton -- RHP
"My whole thing is to perform better," Holland said. "My teammates have been supportive, but we've all got to go out there and do our jobs. I haven't had the kind of year I wanted to have and when you aren't performing, you are going to be in the situation I am." Briefly: The Milwaukee series, which begins Monday, will be a reunion with his old mates for C Jonathan Lucroy. He expects plenty of trash talk with Brewers C Martin Maldonado. "It will be fun, but no matter who is in the other dugout, we have business to take care of," Lucroy said. -- While Lucroy joked he might threaten to bunt against Garza, who is not a fan of the tactic, 3B Adrian Beltre definitely won't lay one down. He's 11 for