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Rangers preview: Last-place Angels look to delay Texas celebration

The Rangers open a three-game series against the Angels Monday night at Globe Life Park with their magic number at five.

The Angels are coming off a split with the Blue Jays, who are clinging to a two-game lead for one of the wild card spots.

The Rangers could potentially clinch the American League West with a sweep and two losses by the Mariners and Astros in the next three days.

The Rangers and Angels have split their first 16 games entering the final three-game series at Globe Life Park.

The Rangers just lost two of three at home to the A’s, so most Rangers fans know the last-place Angels can’t be overlooked. The Rangers won’t, of course. They’re 8-8 against the Angels entering this final meeting and there is always respect for two of the best hitters in the game, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. They bring a combined 57 homers and 201 RBIs.

Martin Perez starts the opener and has pitched well in his past three starts, including his last a week ago in Houston when he held the Astros to two runs on three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

“If I do my job we’re going to win,” said Perez, who is 101-10 with a 4.20 ERA. “It’s time to win and it’s time to compete.”

The series details:

Monday: LHP Martin Perez (10-10, 4.20) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (5-8, 5.43) 7:05 p.m. (TV: FSSW)

Tuesday: RHP A.J. Griffin (7-4, 4.78) vs. RHP Daniel Wright (0-3, 7.04) 7:05 p.m. (TV: FSSW)

Wednesday: TBD (Either LHP Derek Holland or LHP Cole Hamels) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (11-12, 5.17) 7:05 p.m. (TV: FSSW)

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