Rangers Closer to Raising AL West Pennant, Funds for Shannon Stone

Yep, the Angels somehow lost to this laughable outfit again last night -- Anaheim has given up the division by going 5-9 against the A's -- shoving the Rangers' lead in the AL West up to 3 with 15 remaining and trimming their magic number to 13.

Nelson Cruz should be off the DL and back in the lineup tonight against the Cleveland Indians.

And, more good news, tonight at Rangers Ballpark Fox Sports Southwest will host a special benefit to raise funds for the Shannon Stone Memorial Fund. You know my thoughts on Stone and his family.

Kudos to FSSW for trying to help a good family make the best of a horrible situation.

"We want to respectfully honor the memory of Shannon Stone," said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke. "The outpouring of support for the Stone family from the community and our partners has been overwhelming. Everyone wants to comfort the family, but most people don't know how they can help. We hope that through this benefit we'll be able to provide a vehicle for fans and the community to participate."

During tonight's game FSSW will host a live, online auction here. John Rhadigan will host the event, featuring items available for bidding like ...

Golf with FOX Sports NFL analyst Troy Aikman at Four Seasons Resort -- Winner and a guest will play 18 holes in a foursome with the former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion quarterback and his guest at the TPC Four Seasons course in Las Colinas designed by D.A. Weibring and Steve Wolfard. Winner and a guest also will enjoy dinner for two at the Four Season's Café on the Green restaurant.

VIP Visit To FOX NFL Sunday -- Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to Los Angeles to watch the FOX NFL Sunday pregame show and meet Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Curt Menefee, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan. Watch all the NFL games from the VIP room at the FOX Studios in Los Angeles and enjoy a breakfast and lunch buffet. Included is a professional photograph on the set with FOX pregame show talent.

BCS Championship Experience -- Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to New Orleans to attend the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. Includes two tickets to the Jan. 9 game.

America's Team VIP Experience -- 18-seat luxury suite at Cowboys Stadium for the Oct. 2 Dallas Cowboys game against the Detroit Lions. Includes 18 social sideline passes, five VIP parking passes, and a catered meal and non-alcoholic beverages.

Red River Rivalry Ultimate Tailgate -- Ride to the annual Texas-Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl on the FOX College Football custom motor coach to enjoy a VIP Game Day experience. Includes four tickets to this year's game plus food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Travel with the Stars -- Winner and guest will travel on the Dallas Stars team plane to Chicago to attend the Oct. 8 game against the Blackhawks and stay in the team hotel. Includes two tickets to the game and two autographed team jerseys.

Texas Motor Speedway VIP Experience -- 4 Victory Lane club suite tickets to the Nov. 6 AAA Texas 500. Included are four VIP pit passes to the NASCAR race and one VIP parking pass.

FC Dallas VIP Game Experience -- 4 on-field tickets to an upcoming FC Dallas game plus an autographed team jersey and a photo-autograph session with players after the game.

Hollywood Red Carpet Experience -- Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to Los Angeles to attend the upcoming movie premier of 20th Century FOX's comedy What's Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

FOX News Political Insider -- Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to New York City to attend the taping of FOX News Channel's The Mike Huckabee Show. Includes backstage pass to meet the former Republican Arkansas governor.

Be A FOX Sports Broadcaster -- Behind-the-scenes at a live Texas Rangers telecast. Meet FOX Sports Southwest announcers Dave Barnett and Tom Grieve and sit in the broadcast booth. Winner and a guest will tour the television production truck, attend the pregame production meeting, hang out with reporter Jim Knox during the game, and appear on a future episode of the weekly Rangers Insider magazine show.

Movie Lovers Experience -- Screening for an upcoming 20th Century FOX Feature Film at a local theater for winner and 50 guests. Avatar movie poster signed by Academy Award-winning director James Cameron and Mr. & Mrs. Smith movie poster signed by Academy Award nominee Brad Pitt. Also included are select Blu-ray and DVDs from 20th Century FOX Home Entertainment.

Wine Country Get-Away -- Airfare for two to San Francisco and two-night, three-day hotel stay for two at Fairmont Sonoma Inn & Spa. Includes breakfast for two daily at Fairmont Sonoma Inn & Spa.

NYC Talk Show Experience -- Airfare and two-night hotel stay for two to New York City to attend Live! with Regis & Kelly. Includes two VIP passes to attend the show's taping.

Play Catch with Longhorn Greats -- Meet and Greet with former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and former University of Texas receiver Jordan Shipley. Also includes autographed merchandise from University of Texas head coach Mack Brown.

Lunch with the Larry O'Brien Trophy -- Lunch for you and 9 of your friends at the House of Blues Dallas Foundation Room, along with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. Also included is a photographer for the event. Date to be determined for a mutually agreed upon time with the Dallas Mavericks, The House of Blues and the winner of this package.

Canadian Rockies Get-Away -- 2-night hotel stay for two at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta, Canada. Includes breakfast for two daily at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.


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