ARLINGTON, Texas -- There's been a lot of talk in the Tampa Bay clubhouse about the team meeting called by Carlos Pena on the workout day between Games 2 and 3. It helped get the team focused and believing it could come back in the series.
So with an off day on Monday before Game 5, do the Rangers need to follow suit?
"We don’t need a team meeting," team leader Michael Young said. "There's no need for me to say, 'Winner advances and loser it's over.' It’s a competitive group. We know what to expect and we’re going to get after it."
The Rangers are desperate for some momentum. Cliff Lee starting should help with that, but the offense must find a way to come up with some runs, too.
“It’s back to square one,” outfielder David Murphy said. “It’s Game 5. We’re going to go out there and take a good approach and try to get the job done. We’re looking forward to it. We still have a lot of confidence.”
The Rangers would like a repeat of Game 1. Price gave up five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, while Lee gave up one run on five hits in seven innings. The Rangers came out with a 5-1 win.