Rangers, A's play rare winner-take-all game

Rangers, A's play rare winner-take-all game

OAKLAND -- The Rangers' game vs. the Athletics on Wednesday marked only the third time since 1969 that two teams went into the final game of the regular season tied for first place and playing each other in a winner-take-all game.

The Brewers beat the Orioles, 10-2, to win the American League East on the last day of the 1982 season, and the Padres beat the Dodgers, 2-0, in 11 innings, to win the National League West in 1996.

Other division titles have been decided by one-game play-ins, but only three have been decided by the last game of the regular season since baseball went to divisional play in 1969.

Manager Ron Washington said he wasn't going to give any pregame speeches to his team.

"Play ball," Washington said. "I talked to them last night, I don't have to talk to them again. At the start of the season, our goal was to win the division. At no time did we think about anything else. Now here we are."