Rangers deliberately drop pop-up to set up Mike Minor's 200th strikeout

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By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

Bush league or fair game?

How about just plain dumb?

The Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox 7-5 in a meaningless game for both teams, but it sure seemed to mean a lot to Rangers starter Mike Minor.

Minor, sitting on 199 strikeouts for the season with two outs in the ninth inning, appeared to yell at first baseman Ronald Guzman telling him to let a foul pop-up drop. Guzman did, and Minor followed that up by striking out Chris Owings to notch his 200th K.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora did not seem amused, saying he didn't want to comment specifically on the matter but adding that his players approach the game "the right way."

For what it's worth, Rangers manager Chris Woodward didn't seem to be a big fan of Minor's move, either.

There's noting quite like September baseball between two teams that have already been eliminated.

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