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As for the Rangers themselves, they are 8 1/2 games up in the AL West again. If they play out their final 31 games at 15-16, one game under .500, Oakland would have to go 24-8 just to force a day-after-the-season playoff for the West crown. The A's schedule is actually tougher than what the Rangers have left.
Tonight's Rangers opponent, Kansas City, will start Sean O'Sullivan against Cliff Lee. It's a very muggy day at Kauffman Stadium, where the current heat index is 102 degrees and the wind is blowing fairly stoutly. It rained hard twice this morning, and there is a chance for scattered showers tonight and tomorrow.
Lee, who hasn't won his past four starts, has a good chance to rebound. The ball doesn't carry here, and the Royals' watered-down lineup doesn't feature to many hitters to who can give the ball a chance to carry. Only one active Royals player, Alex Gordon, has a home run against Lee.
-- Jeff Wilson