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ALCS Game 3: Rangers at Yankees

Oct 18, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

Photo courtesy New York Yankees
The Yankees have to beat Cliff Lee or else fall behind 2-1 to the Rangers.

The Rangers are basically right where they wanted to be entering Game 3 of the ALCS: Tied at one game apiece, with ace Cliff Lee on the mound tonight at Yankee Stadium. That said, this is basically must-win territory for Texas, which can't afford to lose a game started by Lee and realistically expect to still win the series.

If anything, the Yankees should be loose tonight. No one expects them to topple Lee, so there's no pressure. Which is a dangerous position to be in. These guys aren't chopped liver, you know, and they're sending a pretty good left-hander to the mound themselves in Andy Pettitte. If Pettitte can turn in another strong performance like he did in the ALDS against the Twins, and if they can scrap together a few runs against Lee, the Yankees could find themselves in the catbird seat by night's end.

This was the reason the Rangers went out and got Lee as a hired gun over the summer (denying the Yankees his services, by the way). Tonight, we find out if he was worth it. Should be fun…

AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES — GAME 3
TEXAS RANGERS at NEW YORK YANKEES
Where: Yankee Stadium
Gametime: 8:07 p.m.
TV: TBS Radio: WTNT-570 AM
Weather: Cloudy, 56 degrees

RANGERS
SS Elvis Andrus
3B Michael Young
CF Josh Hamilton
DH Vladimir Guerrero

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  1. Jim Webster - Oct 19, 2010 at 1:49 AM

    My dotage begins to imagine a World Series between a team that should be playing in the Polo Grounds and a team that should be playing at RFK Stadium. But of course both have been upgraded with luxury suites.

  2. Anonymous - Oct 19, 2010 at 1:50 AM

    At 2-0 it's still anyone's game at the moment, but I have to admit I'm curious about the hype this game has received. It's Game 3 of the best-of-seven ALCS. Even if Lee wins the game, the Yankees could win the series without seeing him again. And yet there seems to be this assumption that the Rangers are in like Flint if they win. Is Lee pitching Games 4, 5 and 6, too?John C.

  3. Michael J. Hayde - Oct 19, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    @Jim: Ironically, though, had your scenario been reality, the ratings would be much, much better than they will be.

  4. Anonymous - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:03 AM

    @Michael: I think you meant "much better than they would be." I don't concede the ALCS even if the Yankees don't take this game (as seems likely as the Yankee bullpen is getting smacked around in the 9th).John C.

  5. Anonymous - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:04 AM

    Did Texas get rid of Guzman?

  6. Errol Flynn - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:05 AM

    Just sayinwww.phrases.org.uk/meanings/198700.html

  7. Section 109 - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:12 AM

    I know this is pretty trivial, but can anyone tell me about these red and white woven neck chains that quite a few ballplayers seem to be wearing? Does it mean something? Is it for a cause? Or is it just a fashion? And my goodness 7 to 0….

  8. Anonymous - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    @anon 11:04 – Guzman was assigned to the minor leagues on 10/4.

  9. BQ - Oct 19, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    I think Yankees would like that. They would want to beat Lee and make it to world series to prove a point. Not that I would like that.Cliff Lee is amazing. This guy is so good. Still can't believe we traded him away along with future 2B and OF. Just imagine our team with these three, Ryan, Desmond, and SS. Anyways, I would like Nationals to pursue him in the offseason. Try to get him if they can.

  10. Doc - Oct 19, 2010 at 5:07 AM

    Not only did Minaya trade Grady Seizmore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon, but Colon only pitched for the Expos for half a season and then he was off to the American League as a FA at the end of the season. At some point Minaya traded himself to the Mets, to become the GM—but it was too late, the damage had been done. Over the years, thanks to GMs like Minaya, the Expos developed and lost a bunch of talent, probably enough to make two All Star teams!

  11. alexva - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:18 AM

    To watch Lee throw 122 pitches and see maybe 8-10 that did not go exactly where he wanted was amazing. To those who say you have to hit 95 in order to be effective, watch this game again. I don't recall anything over 92. If I'm Ross Detwiler I watch this game every day between now and ST.

  12. Jeeves - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    And don't forget, Doc, Minaya also gave away Bay and didn't even manage a draft pick for Guerrero. And he received the proverbial box of balls for Colon because he waited too long to trade Colon for Nick Johnson and Rivera. Then, a year later they trade Vazquez for the same two. How that man managed to survive so long in major league baseball amazes me. No wonder the Mets have consistently underachieved.

  13. alexva - Oct 19, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Minaya definately has some splainin' to do for his work in NY, but remember that the Expos were going to be contracted and all he was trying to do was load up for one last run at it.

  14. Jeeves - Oct 19, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Heck, Alexva, at the time, even I knew the Expos were going to stick around. Not in Montreal, not as the Expos, but the team would not disappear. And besides, that still doesn't address the Bay situation, the Guerrero no draft pick, the box of balls and etc. Minaya and the powers that be made a travesty of the situation. As an ardent Expo fan since their inception,(and now a Nats fan), I resent to the core what had been done to the franchise. Fortunately, things are looking up, but I still wish Dunn had been traded for Dan Hudson. I think we missed out on a fine young pitcher. The irony to the Dunn situation, I believe, is that the strong Dunn support likely dissuaded the trade for Hudson, and that same support allowed Dunn's agents to drive up his price and years of contract.

  15. JaneB - Oct 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Can someone answer Section 109's question, please? I have the same one!

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