Instant replay and observations from the Rangers' 3-1 win over Seattle Tuesday at Safeco Field: What you need to know: After the Mariners bungled a run-scoring opportunity in the seventh, the Rangers fashioned the go-ahead run from a pinch-hit double by Carlos Gomez, a bunt single by Delino DeShields and a sacrifice fly from Shin-Soo Choo. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single to make it 3-1. The win moved the Rangers within 3.5 games of Minnesota for the second wild card spot with 12 games to play. Dude of the day: Adrian Beltre, still playing on just one leg and a few shreds of a hamstring, singled twice. It was his second straight multi-hit game. Beltre also shuffled to third when Nomar Mazara
Long-time readers of the CBS Sports MLB Power Rankings know that I'm big on accountability. One of the easiest ways to make me laugh is when some clown part-timer spouts off with the Strawman argument that I never admit when I'm wrong. Being very strongly opinionated while writing about such an unpredictable thing like Major League Baseball means I'm going to miss. Often. I own that. Again, I'm a big accountability guy. On that note, let's be accountable. Here are our CBS Sports MLB staff predictions for the 2017 season and here are my preseason power rankings. Before moving forward, it should be noted that any fair-minded individual will agree with me that being in the ballpark is good. If
The Boston Red Sox trailed the Baltimore Orioles by five runs before a six-run fifth inning and RBI single by Andrew Benintendi in the 11th propelled them to a 10-8 win. The Yankees posted a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Twins thanks a first-inning homer from Aaron Judge and nine strikeouts from starting pitcher Jaime Garcia. It just put them five games up on the Twins for home-field advantage in the wildcard game.