Rangers excited for home sweet home
A victory would give the Rangers their first postseason series win in 38 years in Texas.
The Rangers were 51-30 at home this season, the third-best record in the American League, just two games behind the Minnesota Twins and one game behind the New York Yankees.
"Teams realize it's tough to play in Arlington," Josh Hamilton said. "We take it to a whole new level when we're at home and have the fans behind us."
The Tampa Bay Rays, who will throw right-hander Matt Garza (15-10, 3.91 ERA) against Rangers righty Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72 ERA), won't go down easy. They were a major-league best 47-34 on the road.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
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Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
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Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.