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ALDS Game 4: Rangers Look To Close Out Series At Home

The Texas Rangers have one more chance to close out the ALDS at home. Tommy Hunter will be on the mound as the Rangers look win their first ever playoff series in franchise history in Arlington on Sunday.

Texas won the first two games of the series by a combined 11-1 score but fell apart late in Game 3, giving up five runs in the last two innings in a 6-3 loss to Tampa Bay.

Hunter went 13-4 for the Rangers in the regular season posting a 3.73 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 128 innings while striking out only 68. The decision to pitch him in Game 4 over Cliff Lee on short rest is a vote of confidence by manager Ron Washington in Hunter's ability to perform effectively on a big stage. 

He'll be opposed by Wade Davis of the Tampa Bay Rays who went 12-10 with a 4.07 ERA and 1.35 WHIP while striking out 113 in 168 innings of work. 

Should the Rangers fall to the Rays on Sunday, they'll have ace Cliff Lee waiting in the wings for the decisive Game 5 in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The winner of this series will advance to take on the Yankees in the ALCS. New York finished off a sweep of the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.

Televised coverage of the game can be found on TBS. First pitch is scheduled for 12:07 local time.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.