ALCS Game 6 - Detroit at Texas

The Rangers clinch a second straight pennant with a 15-5 win.

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run agains the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Kinsler thinks something special is happening with the Los Angeles Angels, and he was determined to be a part of it. The four-time All-Star second baseman joined the Angels last week from the Detroit Tigers, waiving his limited no-trade clause to make it happen. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
New 2B Ian Kinsler: Angels' aggressive moves are motivation
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run agains the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Kinsler thinks something special is happening with the Los Angeles Angels, and he was determined to be a part of it. The four-time All-Star second baseman joined the Angels last week from the Detroit Tigers, waiving his limited no-trade clause to make it happen. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run agains the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Kinsler thinks something special is happening with the Los Angeles Angels, and he was determined to be a part of it. The four-time All-Star second baseman joined the Angels last week from the Detroit Tigers, waiving his limited no-trade clause to make it happen. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run agains the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Kinsler thinks something special is happening with the Los Angeles Angels, and he was determined to be a part of it. The four-time All-Star second baseman joined the Angels last week from the Detroit Tigers, waiving his limited no-trade clause to make it happen. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler walks to the dugout after hitting a solo home run agains the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, in Arlington, Texas. Kinsler thinks something special is happening with the Los Angeles Angels, and he was determined to be a part of it. The four-time All-Star second baseman joined the Angels last week from the Detroit Tigers, waiving his limited no-trade clause to make it happen. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus walks out to the mound during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus walks out to the mound during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus walks out to the mound during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels stands in the dugout watching play against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels stands in the dugout watching play against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels stands in the dugout watching play against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre (29) and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre (29) and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre (29) and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) taps his bat to his cleat during an at-bat in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) taps his bat to his cleat during an at-bat in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera (24) taps his bat to his cleat during an at-bat in a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre stands back away from an inside pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre stands back away from an inside pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre stands back away from an inside pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus waves to the stands from first base during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus waves to the stands from first base during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus waves to the stands from first base during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera smiles during an at-bat against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera smiles during an at-bat against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera smiles during an at-bat against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo walks to the dugout during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo walks to the dugout during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo walks to the dugout during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones interviews Nomar Mazara, right, after a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera follows through on a swing at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera follows through on a swing at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera follows through on a swing at a pitch during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo (13) and Elvis Andrus, rear, joke with Adrian Beltre, front, by removing his helmet and trying to touch his head after Beltre homered against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo (13) and Elvis Andrus, rear, joke with Adrian Beltre, front, by removing his helmet and trying to touch his head after Beltre homered against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo (13) and Elvis Andrus, rear, joke with Adrian Beltre, front, by removing his helmet and trying to touch his head after Beltre homered against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Nomar Mazara, left, and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Nomar Mazara, left, and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Nomar Mazara, left, and Elvis Andrus, right, celebrate during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) smiles as he walks back to the dugout during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) jogs to first during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) jogs to first during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton (8) jogs to first during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels winds up to throw to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels winds up to throw to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Cole Hamels winds up to throw to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo of South Korea swings at a pitch during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos (9) sprints home, scoring against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos (9) sprints home, scoring against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos (9) sprints home, scoring against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) works against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner prepares to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler (3) jogs home on a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler (3) jogs home on a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler (3) jogs home on a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Dixon Machado (49) follows through on a swing against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Dixon Machado (49) follows through on a swing against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers' Dixon Machado (49) follows through on a swing against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli follows through on a swing against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli follows through on a swing against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli follows through on a swing against the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers center fielder Alex Presley (14) reaches up to catch a fly out by the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers center fielder Alex Presley (14) reaches up to catch a fly out by the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers center fielder Alex Presley (14) reaches up to catch a fly out by the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) argues with complete umpire Angel Hernandez after Ian Kinsler was ejected during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) argues with complete umpire Angel Hernandez after Ian Kinsler was ejected during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (7) argues with complete umpire Angel Hernandez after Ian Kinsler was ejected during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers' Martin Perez throws to the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos looks up at his bunt the bounced overhead during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos looks up at his bunt the bounced overhead during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos looks up at his bunt the bounced overhead during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) throws to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) throws to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) throws to the Texas Rangers in a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
<p>Since I last checked in on the playoff picture, the probability of pandemonium in both the <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/11/american-league-playoff-scenarios" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:American" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">American</a> and <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/13/national-league-playoff-picture-team-entropy" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">National</a> Leagues has been reduced significantly. If you&#39;re dreaming of <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/11/mlb-playoff-scenarios-tiebreakers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a five-, six- or seven-way tie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a five-, six- or seven-way tie</a> in the AL wild card race, this isn&#39;t your year. But if you&#39;re a connoisseur of chaos—if you’re <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15185" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rooting for Team Entropy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">rooting for Team Entropy</a>, as I call it—you don&#39;t have to throw in the towel quite yet. What follow here is rundown of the scenarios that will produce extra baseball in the AL (I’ll tackle the NL separately today).</p><h3>AL East</h3><p>In the Junior Circuit&#39;s only remaining division race, it&#39;s the Red Sox (88–64) with a three-game lead over the Yankees (85–67). Boston&#39;s magic number to clinch is eight, but they own neither the tiebreaker (the Yankees won the season series 11–8) nor the easier remaining schedule. The Yankees don&#39;t have any remaining games against teams .500 or better as they sandwich a pair of three-game series against the 71–82 Blue Jays (in Toronto this weekend, and at home for the final one) around a makeup game against the Royals (75–77) and then three against the Rays (74–79), all at home.</p><p>The Red Sox, on the other hand, close with four games at home against the Astros (93–59) after playing three against the Reds (66–87) in Cincinnati and then three at home against the Blue Jays. But if Houston can&#39;t recapture the top seed from the red-hot Indians (96–57, including 27 of their last 28), they&#39;re unlikely to tip their hand against a potential Division Series opponent by sending out the varsity squad, lowering the degree of difficulty for Boston.</p><p>If the Sox and Yanks wind up tied—and somewhere, you can bet Rob Manfred is praying for this—they would play a one-game tiebreaker in the Bronx to determine the division champion, with the loser most likely winding up as the host of the wild card game.</p><h3>AL Wild Card </h3><p>When I wrote the first installment of this year&#39;s Team Entropy outlook on <a href="https://www.si.com/mlb/2017/09/11/american-league-playoff-scenarios" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:September 11" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">September 11</a> (covering play through September 10), the top eight AL teams in the wild card race were separated by seven games from top to bottom, with seven of them (all but the Yankees) clustered within 3 1/2 games. Somehow, the Yankees are the only team to have played better than .500 ball since then, going 8–2 to open up a 6 1/2-game lead over the Twins (5–5 during that span, 79–74 overall) for the first wild card spot (WC1). Their magic number to clinch a wild card berth is two, and to clinch WC1 is seven, since they hold the tiebreaker over Minnesota via their 4–2 head-to-head record, including this week&#39;s three-game sweep in the Bronx.</p><p>The Orioles spit the bit, having gone 3–8 since we last checked in. At 74–80 overall, they’re now 5 1/2 games behind the Twins, with an elimination number of four, while the Mariners (3–7, 74–79) and Rays (3–6, 74–79) are both five out with elimination numbers of five; the three teams have <a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds</a> of 0.0%, 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively, so it&#39;s safe to disregard them for our purposes. We fans of Team Entropy are as disappointed in those teams as they are in themselves.</p><p>That still leaves the Royals (75–77, 3 1/2 out, with an elimination number of seven), Angels and Rangers (both 76–76, 2 1/2 out, with elimination numbers of eight) in the mix for WC2 (you can do the math yourself to see why WC1 is virtually impossible). The trio&#39;s BP odds are just 3.2%, 9.8% and 10.4%, respectively, but together that&#39;s a 23.4% chance, nearly one in four, of somebody crashing the party. Let&#39;s go to the big board showing the teams&#39; head-to-head records:</p><p>There are no remaining head-to-head games among any of the four potential WC2 suitors, so these records are final. If any of these teams wind up tied, they will then be seeded based <span>upon the following</span>:</p><p><em>1. Head-to-head winning percentage among the tied teams during the regular season.</em></p><p><em>2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games.</em></p><p><em>3. Higher winning percentage in intraleague games.</em></p><p><em>4. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.</em></p><p><em>5. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.</em></p><p>If “only” two teams tie, then home-field advantage for a Game 163 play-in is straightforward. No pair of these teams split a season series evenly, so if it&#39;s, say, the Twins and Royals, the game would be played in Minnesota thanks to their 11–8 edge, and in fact, the Twins would host any of the other teams. If it&#39;s the Rangers and Royals, to Arlington they go due to Texas&#39; 6–1 edge. And so on.</p><p>For three tied teams, the head-to-head records among them are combined in order to determine the pecking order. If it&#39;s the Twins, Angels and Rangers, that would shake out as Twins .643 (9–5), Rangers .538 (14–12), Angels .385 (10–16). If it&#39;s the three teams besides the Twins (call it the Minnesota Meltdown), they would go Rangers .654 (17–9), Royals .500 (7–7), Angels .346 (9–17), and so on.</p><p>All four of the possible permutations would shake out without invoking the intradivisional records or anything more complex. Once the three-team hierarchy is determined, the teams would draft Club A, Club B or Club C designations in the following scenario: Club B @ Club A, and then Club C @ Club A/B winner, with that winner claiming WC2. Realistically, first pick is an A/C decision, in that the team in question could either choose to take their chances by playing the first tiebreaker at home, or let the other two duke it out, and then become the road team against the winner.</p><p>If all four teams are tied, the same principle applies, and here we have a second knot to untangle. Both the Twins and Rangers went 20–13 (.606) against the other three teams in this muddle, with the Royals 15–18 (.455) and Angels 11–22 (.333) behind them. So it&#39;s onto the intradivisonal records, where the Twins currently have a .522 winning percentage within the AL Central (35–32) with nine games to play (six against the Tigers, three of which are at home, and three against the Indians in Cleveland), while the Rangers are at .485 (32–34) with 10 to play (three in Oakland, then three hosting the Astros and four hosting the A&#39;s).</p><p>If the two teams somehow wind up with identical intradivisonal records, the Twins would have the better <em>intra</em>league record, since they had the worse <em>inter</em>league record (13-7 vs. 14-6). After the order is determined, the four teams would draft Club A, Club B, Club C or Club D designations in the following scenario: Club B @ Club A and Club D @ Club C (both on October 2), with the winners of the two games meeting at the site of the A/B winner on October 3 to determine the road team for the actual wild card game on October 4.</p><p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mAFiPVs3tM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Easy peasy lemon squeezy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Easy peasy lemon squeezy</a>, right? We&#39;ve still got the NL to consider, which I&#39;ll do so in a separate installment.</p>
Team Entropy: The American League East, Wild Card Still Offer Chaotic Potential

Since I last checked in on the playoff picture, the probability of pandemonium in both the American and National Leagues has been reduced significantly. If you're dreaming of a five-, six- or seven-way tie in the AL wild card race, this isn't your year. But if you're a connoisseur of chaos—if you’re rooting for Team Entropy, as I call it—you don't have to throw in the towel quite yet. What follow here is rundown of the scenarios that will produce extra baseball in the AL (I’ll tackle the NL separately today).

AL East

In the Junior Circuit's only remaining division race, it's the Red Sox (88–64) with a three-game lead over the Yankees (85–67). Boston's magic number to clinch is eight, but they own neither the tiebreaker (the Yankees won the season series 11–8) nor the easier remaining schedule. The Yankees don't have any remaining games against teams .500 or better as they sandwich a pair of three-game series against the 71–82 Blue Jays (in Toronto this weekend, and at home for the final one) around a makeup game against the Royals (75–77) and then three against the Rays (74–79), all at home.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, close with four games at home against the Astros (93–59) after playing three against the Reds (66–87) in Cincinnati and then three at home against the Blue Jays. But if Houston can't recapture the top seed from the red-hot Indians (96–57, including 27 of their last 28), they're unlikely to tip their hand against a potential Division Series opponent by sending out the varsity squad, lowering the degree of difficulty for Boston.

If the Sox and Yanks wind up tied—and somewhere, you can bet Rob Manfred is praying for this—they would play a one-game tiebreaker in the Bronx to determine the division champion, with the loser most likely winding up as the host of the wild card game.

AL Wild Card

When I wrote the first installment of this year's Team Entropy outlook on September 11 (covering play through September 10), the top eight AL teams in the wild card race were separated by seven games from top to bottom, with seven of them (all but the Yankees) clustered within 3 1/2 games. Somehow, the Yankees are the only team to have played better than .500 ball since then, going 8–2 to open up a 6 1/2-game lead over the Twins (5–5 during that span, 79–74 overall) for the first wild card spot (WC1). Their magic number to clinch a wild card berth is two, and to clinch WC1 is seven, since they hold the tiebreaker over Minnesota via their 4–2 head-to-head record, including this week's three-game sweep in the Bronx.

The Orioles spit the bit, having gone 3–8 since we last checked in. At 74–80 overall, they’re now 5 1/2 games behind the Twins, with an elimination number of four, while the Mariners (3–7, 74–79) and Rays (3–6, 74–79) are both five out with elimination numbers of five; the three teams have Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds of 0.0%, 0.3% and 0.4%, respectively, so it's safe to disregard them for our purposes. We fans of Team Entropy are as disappointed in those teams as they are in themselves.

That still leaves the Royals (75–77, 3 1/2 out, with an elimination number of seven), Angels and Rangers (both 76–76, 2 1/2 out, with elimination numbers of eight) in the mix for WC2 (you can do the math yourself to see why WC1 is virtually impossible). The trio's BP odds are just 3.2%, 9.8% and 10.4%, respectively, but together that's a 23.4% chance, nearly one in four, of somebody crashing the party. Let's go to the big board showing the teams' head-to-head records:

There are no remaining head-to-head games among any of the four potential WC2 suitors, so these records are final. If any of these teams wind up tied, they will then be seeded based upon the following:

1. Head-to-head winning percentage among the tied teams during the regular season.

2. Higher winning percentage in intradivision games.

3. Higher winning percentage in intraleague games.

4. Higher winning percentage in the last half of intraleague games.

5. Higher winning percentage in the last half plus one intraleague game, provided that such additional game was not between the two tied clubs. Continue to go back one intraleague game at a time until the tie has been broken.

If “only” two teams tie, then home-field advantage for a Game 163 play-in is straightforward. No pair of these teams split a season series evenly, so if it's, say, the Twins and Royals, the game would be played in Minnesota thanks to their 11–8 edge, and in fact, the Twins would host any of the other teams. If it's the Rangers and Royals, to Arlington they go due to Texas' 6–1 edge. And so on.

For three tied teams, the head-to-head records among them are combined in order to determine the pecking order. If it's the Twins, Angels and Rangers, that would shake out as Twins .643 (9–5), Rangers .538 (14–12), Angels .385 (10–16). If it's the three teams besides the Twins (call it the Minnesota Meltdown), they would go Rangers .654 (17–9), Royals .500 (7–7), Angels .346 (9–17), and so on.

All four of the possible permutations would shake out without invoking the intradivisional records or anything more complex. Once the three-team hierarchy is determined, the teams would draft Club A, Club B or Club C designations in the following scenario: Club B @ Club A, and then Club C @ Club A/B winner, with that winner claiming WC2. Realistically, first pick is an A/C decision, in that the team in question could either choose to take their chances by playing the first tiebreaker at home, or let the other two duke it out, and then become the road team against the winner.

If all four teams are tied, the same principle applies, and here we have a second knot to untangle. Both the Twins and Rangers went 20–13 (.606) against the other three teams in this muddle, with the Royals 15–18 (.455) and Angels 11–22 (.333) behind them. So it's onto the intradivisonal records, where the Twins currently have a .522 winning percentage within the AL Central (35–32) with nine games to play (six against the Tigers, three of which are at home, and three against the Indians in Cleveland), while the Rangers are at .485 (32–34) with 10 to play (three in Oakland, then three hosting the Astros and four hosting the A's).

If the two teams somehow wind up with identical intradivisonal records, the Twins would have the better intraleague record, since they had the worse interleague record (13-7 vs. 14-6). After the order is determined, the four teams would draft Club A, Club B, Club C or Club D designations in the following scenario: Club B @ Club A and Club D @ Club C (both on October 2), with the winners of the two games meeting at the site of the A/B winner on October 3 to determine the road team for the actual wild card game on October 4.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? We've still got the NL to consider, which I'll do so in a separate installment.

FILE - This Aug. 14, 2017 file photo shows Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throwing to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Fulmer will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 and miss the remainder of the season, manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. Fulmer will have ulnar nerve transposition surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. The should alleviate the numbness he had been experiencing with fingers on his right hand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)
Tigers DH Martinez, RHP Fulmer have successful surgeries
FILE - This Aug. 14, 2017 file photo shows Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throwing to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Fulmer will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 and miss the remainder of the season, manager Brad Ausmus said Monday. Fulmer will have ulnar nerve transposition surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Florida. The should alleviate the numbness he had been experiencing with fingers on his right hand. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, file)

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