I figured we could have a game thread for the Tampa/Texas showdown in Arlington tonight. I remember watching last year's "play in" games and being at the edge of my seat even though I had no rooting interest. Tonight, I'm hoping for the Rangers to prevail just because the Rays annoy me so much. From Joe Maddon's hipster glasses to the entire team acting like they're too cool for school, I find them so off putting. And who wants to see someone like Josh Lueke get a World Series? Not me.
Plus, it would be absolutely hilarious if the newly activated, just coming back from a PED suspension, Nelson Cruz plays a big role in the game. It will be nice to see people's heads exploding over it.
Here are the lineups:
TEXAS Kinsler 2B Andrus SS Rios RF Beltre 3B Pierzynski C Cruz DH Moreland 1B Gentry LF Martin CF
RAYS Jennings CF Myers RF Zobrist 2B Longoria 3B Young DH Rodriguez LF Loney 1B Escobar SS Molina C