ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tommy Hunter will make the biggest start of his young career in Sunday's Game 4, a rare noon first pitch and a second opportunity for the Texas Rangers to win the franchise's first playoff series in 38 years in Arlington.
The 13-game winner will face a Tampa Bay Rays team that finally got a kick of confidence at the plate with 11 hits in their 6-3 Game 3 win Saturday. Hunter will become the youngest pitcher in Texas history to make a postseason start. A victory will send the Rangers into their first American League Championship Series. A loss will force a decisive Game 5 back in St. Petersburg on Tuesday.
"I really don't want to put pressure on anybody or have pressure on us or anything like that because it's a baseball game," Hunter said after the Rays stayed alive. "We're going to go out and play like the little kids that we are and just let things fall into place."
The burly right-hander will face Rays rookie Wade Davis, a righty who won 12 games this season.