Number 2 moment
The Rangers rolled out their “b” (except for Elvis Andrus) squad after clinching the division the night before.
Andrus had been dealing with flu-like symptoms that kept him out of the clinching celebration and he requested of Jeff Banister to keep him in the lineup for the next day, that was a great choice.
The Texas Rangers sent out Yu Darvish to the mound who was beginning to make Ranger fans concerned because of his 5.16 ERA in September. The concern was because this is Darvish’s first year back from having Tommy John surgery and this is about the time when most may hit a wall physically. Darvish rejected that notion by providing 7 innings pitched while only allowing 2 hits, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts on a crazy 79 pitches. Not only was that a great outing but Tanner Scheppers made an appearance on the mound and continued his good showing since returning from injury with .2 scoreless innings.
But the offensive highlight was Elvis Andrus and his first multi-homer game of his career. He was 2/4 and while providing 4 RBIs in the Rangers 5-0 win. This win was big because the Cleveland Indians did not win their game with their “b” squad and it will be seen if the Redsox will win theirs their first game after celebrating their division title.