Larry Stone's thumbs up, thumbs down
The Texas Rangers earn this week's thumbs up for breaking the 3 million mark in attendance for the first time in club history.
Texas Rangers: They crossed the 3 million barrier in attendance on Thursday for the first time in club history. As recently as 2008, the Rangers drew 1,945,677.
Houston Astros: The broadcast of their Sept. 9 game with the Reds drew a 0.05 Nielsen rating, compared to 22.2 to the Texans' NFL game the same day. The Astros were seen in 1,092 households, the Texans 485,127.
Ex-Mariner of the week
Endy Chavez, Orioles: Chavez, injured much of the year and owning an average under .200 in MLB and AAA, was home in New York when Baltimore called him back to the team after Nick Markakis' season-ending injury.
"They're showing up believing they can win, where before maybe they were just showing up. Their culture flipped." — Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the new-look Orioles.