Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/30/13
6:40 p.m.: The Rays and Rangers have released their 163rd starting lineups of the season. Check them out below. Rangers (91-71) Ian Kinsler, 2B Elvis Andrus, SS Alex Rios, RF Adrian Beltre, 3B A.J. Pierzynski, C Nelson Cruz, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B Craig Gentry, LF Leonys Martin, CF Martin Perez. LHP (10-5, 3.55 ERA) Rays (91-71) Desmond Jennings, CF Wil Myers, RF Ben Zobrist, 2B Evan Longoria, 3B Delmon Young, DH Sean Rodriguez, LF James Loney, 1B Yunel Escobar, SS Jose Molina, C David Price, LHP (9-8, 3.39 ERA) 6 p.m.: The Indians are waiting. The Red Sox are waiting. The Rays and Rangers will be battling. The Rays and Rangers finished the regular season with identical 91-71 records and one game behind the Indians in the American League wild card race. That means that Tampa Bay and Texas will square off in a one-game tiebreaker in Arlington on Monday to determine which team will face Cleveland in the wild card game at Progressive Field on Wednesday. All three teams won Sunday to set up this situation, and all three teams have one thing in mind — punching their ticket to the ALDS. Whichever team wins Wednesday’s wild card game — between the Indians and Tuesday’s tiebreaker winner — will earn a date with the Red Sox, beginning on Friday. Boston has been baseball’s most consistent team all season, but each of the three teams vying for the wild card spot would kill for an opportunity to take on the AL’s top dog. Tuesday’s Rays-Rangers tiebreaker should be a doozy. David Price will go up against Martin Perez with the season on the line. Price hasn’t exactly pitched well in Texas in the past, but Rays manager Joe Maddon has a ton of faith in his ace to get the job done in Game No. 163. Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 8:07 p.m. NESN.com has live blog coverage for you, so be sure to come back early and often. Filed under: Headlines, Live Blog, MLB, Ricky Doyle, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers
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