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ALCS Game 3: Rangers at Tigers

Oct 11, 2011, 11:00 PM EDT

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Nelson Cruz was again the hero for Texas in Game 2.

Though the Rangers have stormed out to a 2-0 advantage in the ALCS, this has actually been a very competitive series. The Tigers certainly had a chance to win Game 2 last night in Arlington, only to squander some late opportunities before serving up Nelson Cruz's walk-off grand slam.

So Detroit has to still feel like it has a chance to emerge victorious, except for two problems: 1) Injuries and 2) Jim Leyland's refusal to pitch Justin Verlander on short rest.

Magglio Ordonez has already been shelved with a fractured ankle. Now Delmon Young has been scratched again, his strained oblique not healed enough to allow him to play. Seemed like a pipe dream for him to play through the pain. As for Verlander, he could theoretically come back on short rest to start Game 4 (and then possibly Game 7). But Leyland emphatically shot down that possibility today, saying Verlander will stay on schedule and pitch Game 5.

Given that, it's tough to see the Tigers coming all the way back to win this series. But, of course, they play these games for a reason, and I'm not about to stop watching now…

AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES – GAME 3
TEXAS RANGERS at DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Comerica Park
Gametime: 8:05 p.m.
TV: Fox
Radio: WTEM (980 AM), WWXT (92.7 FM), WWXX (94.3 FM), XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from LF

STARTING LINEUPS
RANGERS
2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
CF Josh Hamilton
1B Michael Young

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  1. natsfan1a - Oct 11, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Heck, yeah, I'm gonna watch. (At least, until I doze off in front of the tv, which will probably be about the bottom of the 5th the way these postseason games go.)

  2. John C. - Oct 12, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Pfister really got dinked in the first inning. The three hits that the Rangers opened with were a routine grounder that found a hole between the SS and 3b, another routine grounder that got between the 1b and 2b, and a jam-shot flare that just got over the SS to plate the run (the SS took a poor route). He got out of it on a GIDP and a whiff, I hope he doesn't let it get to him. I'd like to see a long competitive series :)

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 12, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    Listening to the Detroit radio feed on Gameday. They're saying that Victor Martinez hurt himself on that home run swing and is being treated in the clubhouse. Anything from the TV announcers?

  4. John C. - Oct 12, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    I have to admit I have it on mute; Tim McCarver irritates me.

  5. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    Geez, I was pacing around the basement baseball viewing lair in the bottom of the 9th. That was some game! Atta way, Tigers!

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    They were saying oblique strain, Eugene.

  7. Anonymous - Oct 12, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Oblique strains seem to be a more and more common injury with players. They all need to do some yoga in the off-season.

  8. natsfan1a - Oct 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Now the Tigers site says that it's a strained intercostal muscle.

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