Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers runs the bases after hitting a walk off grand slam home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win Game Two of the American League Championship Series 7-3 against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Jim Leyland might have cost the Tigers Game 2 when he put Ryan Perry -- who had a 5.35 ERA in the regular season -- in the game in the 11th inning Monday instead of Al Alburquerque, whose season ERA was 1.87.
Granted, that's not the entire story, and Alburquerque had already given up a grand slam this postseason (to Robinson Cano), but could it have come out worse?
The Tigers are home for (at least) the next two games, but they really have to win this one; going down three games to none means it's pretty much over, the 2004 Red Sox notwithstanding.
Full details on tonight's game after the jump.
Game time for Rangers/Tigers: 7:05 pm CDT. Rangers lead series 2-0. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. Yes, McCarver will be back tonight, despite the outstanding job Terry Francona did filling in for him. Doesn't McCarver need more rest?
MLB.com Gameday for ALCS Game 3
Baseball-reference.com preview for ALCS Game 3
SB Nation game preview for ALCS Game 3
This is the only thread I'm posting for today's game. If you need overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.
Discuss amongst yourselves.