Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the New York Yankees during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Comerica Park on October 3, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Three of these four series could end today, if the Rangers, Tigers and Brewers win their games. The fourth series is tied at one game each.
Justin Verlander showed why he's being considered for AL MVP this year; after a shaky start he dominated the Yankees, even though he wound up giving up four runs, and Jose Valverde continued his perfect save season (a similar year to the season Brad Lidge had in 2008, when he helped lead the Phillies to the world championship). And the Yankees must start A.J. Burnett today, something that strikes fear into most Yankee fans.
There have been only two division series that have gone the full five-game length since 2003: Braves/Astros in 2004 and Rangers/Rays in 2010. And no team has come back from a 2-0 deficit since the Red Sox over the A's in 2003. So you can see that the Diamondbacks are faced with a very difficult task.
The action starts at 1 p.m. CDT. Full info after the jump.
All games on TBS unless otherwise noted.
MLB.com Gameday for Rangers/Rays
MLB.com Gameday for Cardinals/Phillies
MLB.com Gameday for Yankees/Tigers
MLB.com Gameday for Diamondbacks/Brewers
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Rangers/Rays
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Cardinals/Phillies
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Yankees/Tigers
Baseball-reference.com game preview for Diamondbacks/Brewers
SB Nation game preview for Rangers/Rays
SB Nation game preview for Cardinals/Phillies
SB Nation game preview for Yankees/Tigers
SB Nation game preview for Diamondbacks/Brewers
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