Tonight the Rangers can be the first team mathematically eliminated from the playoffs

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Bob Timmermann of the Portable Griddle keeps track of each team being eliminated each year. He calls it his MLB Death Watch. Today is is first installment. Hope you’re enjoying the last (technically) meaningful baseball of the season, Rangers fans, because it could be all over tonight:

Bob notes that the Rangers will be mathematically eliminated from postseason play tonight if they lose to the Royals and the Tigers beat Cleveland.

Bring out your dead. Starting tonight, maybe.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.