Game 3: Rays 6, Rangers 3
The Rays showed signs of life for the first time this postseason to stave off elimination for at least one game with a 6-3 victory over the Rangers. The Rangers hosted their first playoff game since 1999 and took a brief 2-1 lead on an Ian Kinsler solo home in the 7th inning, but the Rays responded in the next inning. Carlos Pena and John Jaso each had an RBI single to give the Rays a 3-2 lead and Pena added a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to put the game away. Carl Crawford also homered in the game for Tampa Bay. Rays starter Matt Garza went 6.0 plus innings with two runs allowed (one earned) for the no-decision and former Rangers reliever Joaquin Benoit picked up the win in relief. Nelson Cruz hit his second homer of the playoffs on a solo blast in the ninth for the Rangers final run of the game. Texas will try again to close out the series Sunday afternoon with Tommy Hunter on the mound against Wade Davis.

Game 3: Yankees 6, Twins 1  (Yankees win series 3-games-to-0)
Death, taxes and the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. The Yankees closed out their first round series at home with a 6-1 victory in Game 3 to sweep the Twinkies right out of the postseason. This one wasn’t much of a contest as the Yankees hit starter Brian Duensing early and often. With the score 2-0 in the fourth inning, Marcus Thames belted a two-run shot for the Bronx Bombers. Duensing exited after just 3.1 innings five runs allowed on seven hits. Nick Swisher also homered for New York in the Yankees 12-hit attack. Phil Hughes was stellar on the mound for the pinstripes, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing just four hits for the victory. Hughes struck out six. Even though it was a non-save opportunity, Mariano Rivera closed the door on Minnesota’s season with a scoreless ninth. This series marks the fourth time the Yankees knocked out the Twins in the past decade joining last season, 2004 and 2003. The Twins have lost 12 straight postseason games dating back to 2004 with the last nine games being against the Yankees. New York will play the waiting game before facing Tampa Bay or Texas in the ALCS.

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