After 162 regular-season games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers need one more to decide the second AL wild-card spot.
While the visiting Rays have the benefit of turning to reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price in their biggest game of the year, the Rangers are set to welcome back All-Star Nelson Cruz on Monday night.
“Hands down my biggest game of this year, night and day bigger than opening day,” said Price, who struck out eight over seven innings of two-run ball in Wednesday’s 8-3 win at Yankee Stadium. “This is a moment that I want to be in. I want to be able to relish this moment and go out there and have fun.”
Price (9-8, 3.39 ERA), though, is 1-7 with a 5.57 ERA in 11 starts against Texas, including the postseason. He will face a Rangers team that won seven straight by a 46-19 margin to keep its playoff hopes alive.
Source: NOEY KUPCHAN, Yahoo! Sports