For their biggest game of the season so far, the Texas Rangers trotted out Jim Adduci at first base, Joey Butler in left field and Martin Perez on the mound.
That Round Rock Express-friendly lineup might have worked against the Iowa Cubs or the Nashville Sounds. But Sunday wasn’t the Pacific Coast League; it was the Rangers’ last chance to stop a runaway train — the Oakland Athletics.
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The six wild-card contenders are listed in order of their odds of making the playoffs, according to coolstandings.com, factoring in remaining schedules:
Cleveland (12, 6h/6a): S17-18 at Kansas City; S19-22 Houston; S24-25 Chi. White Sox; S26-29 at Minnesota. Playoffs: 69.9%
Texas (13, 7h/6a): S17-19 at Tampa Bay; S20-22 at Kansas City; S23-25 Houston; S26-29 LA Angels. Playoffs: 56.7%
Tampa Bay (13, 7h/6a): S17-19: Texas; S20-23 Baltimore; S24-26 at NY Yankees; S27-29 Toronto. Playoffs: 53.3%
Kansas City (12, 5h/7a): S17-18 Cleveland; S20-22 Texas; S23-25 at Seattle; S26-29 at Chi. White Sox. Playoffs: 8.1%
New York (12, 6h/6a): S17-19 at Toronto; S20-22 San Francisco; S24-26 Tampa Bay; S27-29 at Houston. Playoffs: 6.5%
Baltimore (13, 6h/7a): S17-19 at Boston; S20-23 at Tampa Bay; S24-26 Toronto; S27-29 Boston. Playoffs: 5.9%