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MLB Playoffs: NLCS Game Five, Phillies vs. Giants, Thursday 10/21, 7 pm CT

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The Giants celebrate after a sacrifice fly by Juan Uribe scored Aubrey Huff to win 6-5 over the Phillies in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20 2010 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Giants celebrate after a sacrifice fly by Juan Uribe scored Aubrey Huff to win 6-5 over the Phillies in Game Four of the NLCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at AT&T Park on October 20 2010 in San Francisco. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Rangers could have put away the Yankees yesterday... but they still have a pair of games remaining at home, with Cliff Lee available in Game Seven if necessary.

Does this remind you of any particular recent league championship series? The Rangers are only 1-3 at home this postseason, 5-1 on the road. Nevertheless, with Lee going in Game Seven -- probably against Andy Pettitte -- they have to feel pretty good about their chances.

Meanwhile, the Giants can close out the Phillies this evening in San Francisco in a rematch of the Game One starters -- Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum. The Giants have been in the World Series only three times since they last won it in 1954: 1962, 1989 and 2002, all losses. The Rangers, who began life in 1961 as the second Washington Senators, have never been there, setting up a matchup similar to the 2002 Series, where the Giants faced the Rangers/Senators' expansion partner, the Angels, who won it.

At least we know the Cubs won't be hiring the Giants' manager right after the World Series ends.

One more note: I've posted another poll on the right sidebar asking where you live. Please vote in the poll!

7 pm CDT, Fox: Phillies at Giants. Giants lead series 3-1. Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

MLB.com Gameday for NLCS Game Four

SB Nation game preview for NLCS Game Four

Discuss amongst yourselves.