ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Texas Rangers start their playoff quest today in what they hope will be a long run.
They're playing the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that was in the World Series just two years ago.
The Rays have the best record in the American League this year, and that's why the Rangers are starting here. Texas played three games in Tampa Bay in August and lost all three.
Cliff Lee, who will start for the Rangers today, lost one of those games then. He goes up against the Rays' ace, left-hander David Price.
This is why the Rangers made the trade to get Lee: To win games like this one in a best-of-five series.
Today's game starts early; the first pitch is at 12:37 p.m. CT because the Rangers and Rays aren't the Yankees.
The Yankees have fans everywhere they go. The Rangers get big crowds when they're winning, but the Rays don't get many people to show up. And they've already been where the Rangers dream about going.