Texas catcher Mike Napoli is greeted at the dugout by jubilant teammates after his second home run of the night, this one in the third inning, which gave the Rangers a 6-4 lead during the Los Angeles Angels vs. the Texas Rangers major league baseball doubleheader game 2 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on Sunday, September 30, 2012
Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in six runs as the Texas Rangers assured themselves and two other teams of spots in the playoffs with a 8-7 victory Sunday night, earning a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Angels.
Napoli’s second homer in the nightcap was a go-ahead three-run shot in the third.
Two-time defending AL champion Texas (93-66) can be no worse than a wild card. The Rangers clinch their third consecutive AL West title by winning once in a three-game series at Oakland that starts Monday.
Los Angeles, which won Sunday’s opener 5-4, trails the A’s by three games for the AL’s second wild card.
The loss by the Angels (88-71) also clinched playoffs spots for Baltimore and the New York Yankees, who are tied for the AL East lead.