Rangers hit playoff snag, awaken Rays

Game 3: Texas discovers ALDS is no walk in the ballpark against AL East champions

Updated: October 10, 2010, 12:01 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Nobody said this was going to be easy.

The way the Texas Rangers pounded out 11 runs and held the Tampa Bay Rays to one run through the first two games of this best-of-five ALDS sure may have made it seem like a complete mismatch.

But this Rays team won 96 games. It won the toughest division in baseball. And it managed to score more runs this season than the Rangers. It was unlikely that the Rays would simply shrug their shoulders and head to the offseason without ...

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