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MLB Playoffs, Division Series: Rangers vs. Rays, Tuesday 10/12, 7 pm CT

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Farewell, Bobby Cox. See you in the Hall of Fame.
Farewell, Bobby Cox. See you in the Hall of Fame.

You couldn't have scripted a division series that was closer than the Giants/Braves series just ended, unless you'd have added a fifth game just like the first four.

All four games were decided by one run; two of those in the final inning, one of the final inning decisions in extra innings. One game had a lead change in the eighth inning and then again in the ninth.

Tonight's game is the last one in the first round; after today we are baseball-less until Friday. Since 1995, when the wild-card era began, there have been 64 division series. Including the Rays/Rangers series concluding tonight, only 14 of them have gone the full five games and of the previous 13, only four have had a team come back from a 2-0 deficit, all American League series. Those are:

And of those four, just two had the eventual winner lose the first two games at home (1995, 2003). The Rays have a chance to become the third such team tonight.

Use this thread all day and evening for playoff talk -- it's also the game thread.

7 pm CDT: Rangers at Rays. Series tied 2-2. Announcers: Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez and Marc Fein.

MLB.com Gameday for Rangers/Rays

SB Nation game preview for Rangers/Rays

Discuss amongst yourselves.