The Texas Rangers have gotten themselves in a position they like -- if they win, the season continues.
Texas and Tampa Bay are tied for the second wild card, while Cleveland holds a one-game lead for the top spot. The Rangers control their own destiny with a win guaranteeing at least a Game 163 and possibly a wild-card berth.
Yu Darvish is on the mound for the Rangers, and he'll try to extend the season against Angels left-hander Jason Vargas. Geovany Soto is at catcher, and A.J. Pierzynski is the designated hitter.
Ron Washington said he went with Pierzynski over Jeff Baker at DH because he likes the threat of Pierzynski's bat in the lineup.
Texas vs. LHP Jason Vargas -- 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Elvis Andrus, ss; 3. Alex Rios, rf; 4. Adrian Beltre, 3b; 5. A.J. Pierzynski, dh; 6. Geovany Soto, c; 7. Mitch Moreland, 1b; 8. Craig Gentry, lf; 9. Leonys Martin, cf.
Anaheim vs. RHP Yu Darvish -- 1. J.B. Shuck, dh; 2. Erick Aybar, ss; 3. Mike Trout, cf; 4. Josh Hamilton, lf; 5. Howie Kendrick, 2b; 6. Kole Calhoun, rf; 7. Mark Trumbo, 1b; 8. Hank Conger, c; 9. Andrew Romine, 3b.