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Astros rout Rangers 14-3 clinch home field in ALDS

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Houston Astros know they will begin their best-of-5 American League Division Series at home in Minute Maid Park, with the opponent yet to be determined.
    
Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Cameron Maybin had three RBIs each and Dallas Keuchel allowed one earned run and five hits in six innings as the Astros routed the Texas Rangers 14-3 on Tuesday night to clinch no worse than the second-best record in the AL.
    
Houston (97-60) trails Cleveland by one game with five to play in the race for the league's best record. The Indians own the tiebreaker, having won the season series.
    
The Astros will face the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees or Minnesota Twins.
    
"This team has earned those first couple home games and home-field advantage," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We'll see how it shakes out, who we play, but some playoff baseball's coming to Minute Maid pretty soon."
    
"We're still trying to lock up home-field advantage (for the ALCS), too," Keuchel said. "That would be real nice."
    
Texas was eliminated from wild-card contention when Minnesota won earlier Tuesday night. The Rangers were only 2 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot with 10 games left only to lose their last five, equaling their longest skid of the season, by a margin of 38-7.

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