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Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays
Is it a home-field advantage or disadvantage? Road teams are 9-4 in the playoffs so far and the away side is a perfect 4-0 in the Rangers-Rays series.
Tampa Bay is trying to become only the second team to win an ALDS after dropping the first two games of the series at home. The Rays starting and relief pitching came through at Texas like it hadn’t in Games 1 and 2, and the sleeping bats of big boppers Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena and Carl Crawford.
The same Rays who scored just one run on eight hits in the first two games of the series, touched home 11 times in Texas on 23 hits.
"When we got that win (Saturday) it seemed like everything changed then," Crawford told the Tampa Tribune. "You give us a seam we'll try to get through it. They had a chance to put us away (Saturday) and they didn't. We might have a chance to win it now."
Something tells us the hit parade for Tampa will come to a quick end with ace Cliff Lee on the hill on Tuesday.Pick: