Rangers, improbable Rays in ALDS rematch

The Texas Rangers had to win their last
six games to earn home-field advantage in the first round of the
So instead of flying from Los Angeles to Yankee Stadium, the
defending AL champions were home Thursday at Rangers Ballpark to
prepare to play improbable wild-card team Tampa Bay, a rematch of
last season's division series.
A year ago, the visiting team won every game in the postseason
matchup - a first for the major leagues.
A tired Tampa Bay team arrived late Thursday after celebrating
their playoff berth, earned after overcoming a nine-game deficit in
the final month and a seven-run deficit in the final game.