Because no one knows for sure when the season will end, Kevin Kennedy is taking no chances.
And since the Rangers have only one game left before the strike deadline, the Texas manager is treating today like it's Game 7 of the World Series."I'll treat tomorrow like it's all or nothing," he said Tuesday. "Everybody will be in the bullpen."
The Rangers, with an 8-5 loss to Seattle, dropped to a season-worst nine games under .500. But that's still good enough for a half-game lead over Oakland in the AL West.
Texas' last game before Friday's strike date is at home tonight against the Mariners. The Athletics, meanwhile, play Chicago this afternoon and Seattle on Thursday night.
At 52-61, Texas has the exact same record as Detroit, which is last in the AL East, and Milwaukee, last in the AL Central.
Athletics 4, White Sox 2
Ruben Sierra's homer highlighted a three-run rally in the eighth inning that lifted Oakland.
Frank Thomas is 0-for-8 in the first two games of the series at the Oakland Coliseum, dropping his average to .354.
Royals 5, Angels 3, 11 innings
Mike Macfarlane opened the 11th inning with a home run and Kansas City went on to win.
Orioles 6, Yankees 5
Baltimore's Jamie Moyer (5-7) allowed all five runs on nine hits in eight innings. He is 1-4 against the Yankees.
Tigers 10, Brewers 4
Cecil Fielder hit a grand slam and drove in a season-high six runs as Detroit won at Tiger Stadium.
Twins 4, Red Sox 3, 12 innings
Pinch-runner Pat Mahomes became the first AL pitcher to score a run this season, scoring the game-winner on reliever Todd Frohwirth's throwing error.
Mahomes made his first pinch-running apperance in the majors, replacing Kent Hrbek, and scored his first run. The last AL pitcher to score was Erik Hanson, who did it twice last year as a pinch-runner for Seattle.
Blue Jays 12, Indians 5
Domingo Cedeno drove in three runs and Toronto tied a season high with 17 hits at the SkyDome.