Rangers hang on
Nobody can be surprised that Cliff Lee beat the Rays last night to send the Rangers into the ALCS against the Yankees, but I am surprised at the way the Rays came unraveled. They are generally a very good fundamental team, but they allowed the Rangers to basically steal three runs and ran themselves out of an opportunity.
There wasn't much of a margin for error against Lee to begin with, and they used it up in the early innings. He gave his usual clinic on how to be overpowering without overpowering velocity. His postseason performances should be required viewing for every young pitcher how throws under 93 mph.
Rays starter David Price had nothing to be ashamed of, but he wasn't nearly as pitch-efficient as Lee, who got tougher as the game went on.
Orioles update: Buck Showalter underwent knee surgery this week, which explains why there has not been any news on the 2011 coaching staff. If you want more info on the subject, check out Jeff Zrebiec's latest post on the Orioles Insider blog.