Rangers win AL West, eliminate Angels

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) First-year manager Jeff Banister stood in a corner of the Texas Rangers clubhouse watching players celebrate, with champagne spraying all over the place.

A year after their 95 losses were the most in the American League, two months after they were still eight games out of first place and three days after ensuring themselves a postseason spot, the Rangers clinched the AL West title with a 9-2 victory over the Angels on the last day of the regular season.

"Incredible moment, emotional, one I'll never forget," Banister said. "They never quit."

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Bengals 4-0 behind Dalton's 321, long TD

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Brees' 80-yd. TD pass lifts Saints in OT

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