First-year manager Jeff Banister stood in a corner of the Texas Rangers clubhouse watching players celebrate, with champagne spraying all over the place.
A year after their 95 losses were the most in the American League, two months after they were still eight games out of first place and three days after ensuring themselves a postseason spot, the Rangers clinched the AL West title with a 9-2 victory over the Angels on the last day of the regular season.
"Incredible moment, emotional, one I'll never forget," Banister said. "They never quit."
Cole Hamels pitched a three-hitter, his first complete game since Texas acquired the ace left-hander from...