ARLINGTON -- Don't tell the Rangers they have an 8 1/2-game lead in the American League West. "I don't care what the standings are. We haven't accomplished a thing yet," third baseman Michael Young said. "We have a lot of work to do, a lot of improving to do and that's what we're going focus on. Trying to get better and try to win every ball game we play." After defeating the second-place Athletics, 3-1, in 10 innings on Tuesday night, the Rangers have stretched out their division lead. But the Rangers don't care much for where they stand.
"It's too early. It's too early to think about how many games of a lead we have," outfielder Josh Hamilton said. "When it gets midway through September, we assess the situation. But right now, it's just one game at a time." Young insists that the Rangers have too much to work on in order to think they're well on their way to locking up their first division title since 1999, despite how impressive of a stretch they've encountered since going 53-32 -- the best record in the Majors -- since April 22. "We're a confident team, we're happy with the effort and work we've put in so far, but our job's not over," Young said. "Every guy in this locker room can look at a part of his game, tighten it up and make it better. That's the goal."