When the Rangers picked up ace left-hander Cole Hamels from the Phillies at the July 31 trade deadline, it looked like a move designed to help the club more in 2016 and 2017 than 2015. Texas was buried in the American League West standings with only an outside shot at one of the Wild Card spots. But baseball is crazy, man.
Anaheim has fallen off, and Houston … well … here’s what just happened to Houston …
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Yes, the Rangers are now in first place in the American League West for the first time this season.