Rays stay alive...Yank going for sweep...NL series resume tomorrow
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are alive in the postseason. Winning an elimination game, the Rays doubled up the Texas Rangers 6-3 to cut the Rangers lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five American League Division playoff series. John Jaso (JAY'-soh) drove in the go-ahead run for the Rays with a single in a two-run eighth inning. Carl Crawford added a home run and a two-run shot for insurance in the ninth.
The Rays can even the series with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday. Wade Davis goes for the Rays against the Rangers' 13-game winner Tommy Hunter. The Rangers have never won a postseason series.
The Yankees are leading Minnesota 5-0 in the seventh inning as they try to extend their mastery over the Twins in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium tonight. New York is trying to beat the Twins for the ninth straight time in postseason games. Phil Hughes is pitching for the Yankees. Marcus Thames (tihmz) hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning off Twins starter Brian Duensing (DUHN'-sing), who's been knocked out.
The National League divisional series will resume tomorrow after a one-day break. The Reds likely will be without shortstop Orlando Cabrera for Game 3 against the Phillies in Cincinnati. Cabrera aggravated pulled muscles in his left side in Game 2 of the best-of-five series. The Phillies will try for the series sweep by sending pitcher Cole Hamels against the Reds' Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh). The Braves and Giants will be in Atlanta after splitting two games in San Francisco. Left-hander Jonathan Sanchez goes in Game 3 for the Giants against righty Tim Hudson.
In other baseball news:
—Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says there is plenty of new technology that could be used for more replay in baseball. He said before Game 3 of the division series against Texas today in Arlington that he expects everyone in baseball to eventually come together and reach a conclusion that works. Replay is used now only to review potential home runs.
—Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn says he has cancer in a salivary gland. He told The San Diego Union-Tribune the cancer was discovered last month and he faces seven to eight weeks of treatment — radiation five times a week and chemotherapy once a week. Doctors have told the San Diego State baseball coach that they feel they caught the cancer early and "there was not much of it there."