Baseball Tonight Live
Baseball Tonight analysts, ESPN.com writers and SweetSpot Network bloggers chatted and gave their in-game opinions of the day's postseason action -- all in Baseball Tonight Live.
BASEBALL TONIGHT ON THE AIR
|12 a.m. ET on ESPN|
Host: Steve Berthiaume|
Analysts: Chris Singleton, Nomar Garciaparra
YANKS TAKE GAME 1 VS. TWINS
Rangers at Rays, 2:37 p.m. ET
The Rays can't afford to lose both of the first two games -- both at home -- in this best-of-five series. They'll need a better effort from James Shields than what he typically gave them down the stretch. He went 0-4 over his final six starts, giving up 27 runs in 32 innings.
Yankees at Twins, 6:07 p.m. ET
Andy Pettitte didn't close the regular season well, giving up 19 hits and 10 runs in 7 1/3 innings of two starts against the Red Sox. He did, however, face Minnesota earlier this year, and he pitched well in a 3-2 win. He beat Francisco Liriano that day; he'll see Carl Pavano in Game 2.
Braves at Giants, 9:37 p.m. ET
How good were Tim Lincecum's final two starts of the regular season? Well, he allowed two runs and struck out 20 batters in 15 innings of must-win games against the Rockies Diamondbacks. He was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against the Braves this season. Derek Lowe, meanwhile, beat the Braves both times he saw them this season.