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Well, the mood isn't quite as positive, I don't think, as it was 48 hours ago.

But the Rangers have Cliff Lee going in Tampa on Tuesday.  Win, and the Rangers advance to the ALCS.  And I still feel good about the matchup in that game.

Before we go on to the links, if you aren't one who normally checks out the FanPosts, I'd suggest you look to the right, at the recommended FanPosts, and read the note from Chuck Greenberg, who stopped by last night to share some thoughts.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about the team's inability to close out the ALDS at home, and the pending game 5.

Evan Grant has the game 4 report card up, and gives Tommy Hunter an "F" for his performance yesterday.  I disagree, but at the same time, I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't make any difference...I think the Rangers panicked and yanked him early, and I think 2 earned runs in 4 innings with 7 Ks and 0 walks isn't a bad performance, but those who don't think he had any business starting a playoff game are going to point to this as proof that Cliff Lee should have gone on short rest.  No one is going to change anyone else's mind...I think the Rangers made the right call in starting Hunter instead of Lee, but wouldn't have thought it a travesty if they'd started Lee instead. 

Anthony Andro's notes talk about Hunter taking his first home loss of the year, Derek Holland's performance, and Ian Kinsler's error, among other things.

Josh Hamilton hasn't been hitting, but he says he's not worried.

T.R. Sullivan says the bats need to come around in Game 5.

Gil Lebreton writes that the Rangers' bats going quiet at home has the Rangers on the brink of elimination, but I do have to take issue with one part of his column:

The Rangers' Hamilton, Young, Vladimir Guerrero, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler were 12 for 40 (.300) in the games at Tampa Bay. But they were only 7 for 35 (.200) in front of the home crowd.

I don't think you can lump Cruz and Kinsler in with Hamilton, Young and Guerrero.  The latter three have, quite simply, not shown up for this series.  Cruz and Kinsler are 10 for 30 with 5 homers in this series.  In Arlington, they are 4 for 14 with a couple of homers.  Hamilton, Young and Guerrero, meanwhile, are 9 for 45 -- 3 for 21 in the two losses.

Randy Galloway writes that Cliff Lee has to save the Rangers now.

Ray Buck has a story that talks about Andy Sonnanstine -- who didn't make the Rays' post-season roster -- doing antlers after Vladimir Guerrero struck out yesterday.

Mark Cuban and Jim Crane are claiming they should be reimbursed the $2.65 million in legal fees and other expenses they incurred while bidding on the Rangers.