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History narrowly missed by Rangers' system

History narrowly missed by Rangers' system

BOSTON -- The Class A Spokane Indians were eliminated from Northwest League playoff contention on Saturday, denying the Rangers a chance to make history. All five of their other farm teams are in the playoffs and the Rangers have a chance to do so as well.

The Rangers were trying to be the first organization in history to have the Major League team and six farm affiliates make the playoffs. They just missed last year, when Class A Bakersfield came up short.

"A few years ago, Pittsburgh had six Minor League teams make the playoffs, but the big league club didn't make it," Rangers farm director Scott Servais said. "But it's still been a really good year for us -- the best winning percentage we've ever had. It will be good if we can get some teams deep in the playoffs."

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Triple-A Round Rock took the division title in the Pacific Coast League and Double-A Frisco made the Texas League playoffs in an at-large berth. Class A Myrtle Beach won the first-half title in the Carolina League Southern Division. Hickory won the first-half Northern Division title in the South Atlantic League and is leading in the second half. The Arizona Rookie League Rangers won a division title, but were eliminated in a one-game semifinal playoff.

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