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                                      ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nick Martinez stuck his glove blindly behind his back and stabbed a hard liner out of the air, part of a spectacular double play in a big relief appearance for the Texas Rangers as they got closer to another AL West title. Wholesale Rangers Jerseys .I dont know how he caught it, manager Jeff Banister said after the Rangers 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night cut their magic number to two.I guess it happened so quick that it happened in slow motion, Martinez said. I just kind of threw my glove up there, theres no real explanation for it, in hopes of knocking it down.That play in the fifth by Martinez (2-3) came during his 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He was the first of six Rangers relievers after A.J. Griffin, who was feeling ill, fell behind 3-1 in the second.Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer, a go-ahead, two-run shot for the Rangers (90-62) in another testy game with multiple ejections.Mazaras 438-foot drive off rookie right-hander Daniel Wright (0-4) in the fourth made it 4-3. Mitch Moreland added an RBI single an inning later after two batters were hit by pitches.Houston won 2-1 in 10 innings at Oakland later Tuesday to keep the Rangers magic number at two to win their second consecutive AL West title, and seventh overall.The Astros are 9 1/2 games back and the Mariners 10 1/2 back in the AL West. Houston and Seattle both have day games Wednesday before the Rangers series finale against the last-place Angels that night.Angels left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and manager Mike Scioscia were ejected when Elvis Andrus was hit by a pitch in the eighth, an inning after both benches had been warned when Rangers reliever Keona Kela threw a pitch that went behind the head of Andrelton Simmons.Andrus was the third Texas batter hit by a pitch after Mike Trout was hit by a pitch in the Angels second.There was also a short delay in the Rangers seventh when third-base coach Spike Owen walked toward the Angels dugout and had words with a clearly agitated Scioscia.I was upset, Scioscia said. He was the closest guy in an opposing uniform.Banister didnt give any insight about what happened with Owen.I think that my third-base coach got asked out to lunch, Banister said. They were trying to make plans, they interrupted the game, so I went over there and made sure we kept the game going.In the Rangers 3-2 series-opening victory Monday night, Banister (arguing a replay review) and Moreland (questioning a called third strike) were tossed early.Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.On that play in the fifth, Martinez made the no-look snag on Simmons hard liner. Once Martinez realized the ball was in his glove, he leisurely tossed to first base to complete the double play before a fist pump while a huge smile took over his face.Simmons threw both of his hands up in disbelief and then put them on his hips as Scioscia shook his head in the Angels dugout. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre mouthed Wow! when watching the replay on the big video boards.Thats not fun, Simmons said. You try to hit the ball hard, and a guy makes a crazy play. Thats baseball, I guess.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: Wright was hit in the back of the leg by a comebacker in the second, but was OK. ... Scioscia said Jhoulys Chacin, who had a comebacker ricochet off his lower left leg Monday, was sore but should make his next start.Rangers: Reliever Tony Barnette, who hasnt pitched since Sept. 4 because of a strained right oblique, threw a bullpen session with 25 pitches off flat ground before 10 off the mound. Barnette called it an encouraging day.BALL 14, BALL 15Martinez came in with two outs in the second after Griffins last 12 pitches were balls, a stretch when he hit Trout with a pitch to load the bases before consecutive four-pitch walks to Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron that made it 3-1. Martinezs first three pitches were balls before an inning-ending groundout by Simmons.IN THE NETWhen Rangers C Jonathan Lucroy lost the bat on a big swing and miss in the second inning, the bat flew into the protective net behind the plate and lodged several feet above the seats .UP NEXTAngels: Jered Weaver (11-12) will try to join Chuck Finley (165) as the only pitchers to win 150 games in an Angels uniform. The right-handers 17 wins against Texas are his most against any opponent.Rangers: Lefty Derek Holland (7-8) has lost his last two starts, allowing nine runs in 9 2/3 innings. Cheap Rangers Jerseys China . Tracey comes to the Blue Bombers after spending over a decade with Queens University. Most recently he was the schools assistant football coach. Cheap Adidas Rangers Jerseys . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. . PAUL, Minn.Paul Merson says Arsenal must part company with Arsene Wenger if Leicester or Tottenham win the Premier League this season. Arsenal are five points behind leaders Leicester and three points behind Spurs with 11 games to play, following Sundays 3-2 defeat at Manchester United.Arsenal boss Wenger signed no senior outfield players last summer and former player Merson says he must pay for that decision with his job if they lose out in the title race to a team with less financial muscle. If Man City dont win the league and Tottenham or Leicester do then Arsene Wenger has to go, he told Sky Sports.If youre sitting there telling those fans - loyal Arsenal fans - that they dont need any new players at the start of the season and then you dont win the league in front of Leicester or Tottenham then I dont see how you can justify it.If Man City win the league he can turn around and say theyve got all the money in the world and can go and buy whoever they want, so would whoever I bought have made much difference?But if Leicester or Tottenham win the league after he said they didnt need any players then I dont see how he can keep his job. Theres a thousand managers who could come in and get Arsenal in the top four. Paul Merson Graeme Souness described Arsenals performance against an injury-hit United side as a bordering on a joke on Super Sunday and Merson agreed with that assessment.And he said Wenger must take responsibility for failing to motivate his players as they enter the final weeks of the season. Graeme Souness didnt hold back when discussing Arsenals performance Arsenal had 12 cup finals to play, Merson added.But they went out on Sunday with an attitude of its only Man United and theyve got loads of injuries and kids playing, so well breeze through this game. Parlour: No Arsenal leaders Lack of leadership to blame for Old Trafford defeat It just frustrates me and it absolutely does my head in.People point to the players, but the manager hhas to get the players up for these games. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys. Man United might be fifth and not having a good season, but its still Man United in front of 75,000 people. Arsene Wenger says it isnt hard to stay positive and is ready to keep fighting Wenger has guided Arsenal to a top-four finish in each of his 19 seasons in charge - and they remain seven points clear above Manchester United in fifth.But Merson says there are plenty of other managers who could achieve Champions League football with Arsenal.He said: People may say theres nobody better than him, but theres a thousand managers who could come in and get Arsenal in the top four. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour identified a lack of leadership A thousand managers would come to Arsenal and say dont give me a penny, but if I get Arsenal in the top four then pay me 10 million quid.Every football manager in the world would take that deal. Arsenal are always going to get in the top four.If Leicester or Tottenham win the title then I just dont see how he can keep his job.Do you agree with Merse? Is Arsene Wengers job on the line in the final weeks of the season? Let us know in the comments box or Tweet @SkyFootball. Also See: Souness slams Arsenal Parlour: No leaders Wenger up for fight Cech: Were going backwards ' ' '