Mark Teixeira and the Rangers won't make the playoffs, but at least they can take solace in setting the record for most home runs hit in a season at home.
Rod Barajas's drive in the fourth inning yesterday gave Texas 150 homers at Ameriquest Field this season, breaking the mark of 149 set by the 1996 Rockies at Coors Field. Teixeira homered twice to help the Rangers finish a four-game sweep of the Mariners.
Teixeira has 41 homers, joining Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez as the only Rangers with at least 40 homers in a season.
"Those are three great players," said Teixeira, who had four RBI to increase his total to 132, tied for the AL lead with David Ortiz of the Red Sox. "You can feel good about your accomplishment when you're mentioned with those players.
"Hitting 40 homers is a great number that not many people get to."
Barajas gave Texas seven players with at least 20 homers, tying the major league record held by the 1996 Orioles and the 2000 Blue Jays.
* CLEVELAND ROCKS: Royals RHP Jose Lima likes Cleveland's chances as the regular season winds down. "They want to show the world they can do it," he said of the Indians, who are 33-11 since July 31. "They're a great ballclub. They do it all.
"The Indians are for real. It's going to be tough to beat them now."
* WINNING WAYS: The Athletics clinched their seventh consecutive season with a better than .500 record.
* EMBARRASSING MOMENT: White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski, a regular for the Twins for three seasons through 2003, forgot for a moment which team he plays for after getting hit by a pitch in Minneapolis. He flipped his bat toward the home dugout before realizing his mistake and advancing to first with a slight smirk.
"Something that would only happen to me," Pierzynski said.
* CONTRERAS CRUISING: Jose Contreras is trying his best to keep the struggling White Sox in first place in the AL Central.
"I don't feel like I'm the best, but every time I go out there I'm going to do my best," the Cuban-born RHP said through an interpreter after winning his sixth straight start.
Contreras is 13-7 overall, including 9-2 since the all-star break.
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