Thanks to a 2-1 record at Cleveland this week, along with Seattle taking two from Oakland, the Texas Rangers are sitting just a game back from first place in the AL West. Its difficult to call a series crucial this early in the season but the Rangers are in a tough spot against the New York Yankees. This series will both be a test of merit and opportunity. Texas can inset themselves as one of MLB's strongest contenders as well as not giving up any ground. First place Oakland is hosting Baltimore this weekend while third place Seattle is hosting Detroit.
AL West Standings
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