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Cole Hamels pitches Rangers to AL West title, defeat Angels

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Texas Rangers' brain trust met Sunday in the hours before the all-important regular-season finale to figure out who the heck would pitch for them in relief.tmpplchld The bullpen was shot, even though closer Shawn Tolleson and set-up man Sam Dyson said that they were available after pitching five consecutive days, for a game in which a win meant a division title.tmpplchld Plan A, as put forth by pitching coach Mike Maddux, was to get nine innings from left-hander Cole Hamels.tmpplchld "He stepped up and did it," general manager Jon Daniels said.tmpplchld Hamels went to the mound and promptly gave up a two-run home run. In the second inning, he had to work...