The Texas Rangers will have outfielder Nelson Cruz back from a 50-game suspension as they host the Tampa Bay Rays in a winner-takes-all tiebreaker to decide the American League’s final wild card playoff berth.
Allen Craig hit a tie-breaking solo home run in the third inning and then caught the final out to give the St. Louis Cardinals the World Series title in seven games with a 6-2 win against the Texas Rangers.
The St. Louis Cardinals will face the Washington Nationals, while the Baltimore Orioles meet the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball’s division series after wins in the sport’s first wild-card round.
Pitcher Yu Darvish settled down after a four-run first inning to win his Major League Baseball debut for the Texas Rangers despite giving up three hits to Japanese countryman Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners.
Yu Darvish should focus on his pitching and not think about his new six-year contract or the record $51.7 million fee Texas will pay his Japanese club, Rangers President and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan said.