Well Texas won their first playoff game in a while today with a bang, beating the Rays 5-1 behind Cliff Lee's gem. Of course, Lee wasn't even the top pitching story of the day, as Roy Halladay tossed a no-hitter in the opening game of the NLDS. Yes, he did.
The Twins are hoping for a different result than the last three times they have faced the Yankees in the postseason; the Yankees are 3-0 with an overall record of 9-2 in the individual games. But this is an improved Twins team and this is an older Yankees team, and the Twins do hold the home-field advantage. It would be nice to see the defending World Champs out in the first round, if only to get some new blood into the World Series. (Yes, I'm also rooting for the Twins.) The Yankees will throw CC Sabathia in tonight's contest (I must admit to having much love for CC; he won me a fantasy baseball league this year, more on this in a subsequent post) against Francisco Liriano. The Twins have managed to make up for the loss of elite closer Joe Nathan and superstar Morneau (out since July, but currently working out with the team), but they are probably sunk if any other injuries occur (stares at Mauer).