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Okay, folks.  Today is the day when the Rangers could finish winning their first playoff series in team history.  Texas has a chance to sweep the Rays and advance to the ALCS.

I really want a win today.

Jeff Wilson writes that the Rangers' pitchers ability to throw first pitch strikes in the first two games have negated one of the Rays' strengths -- their high walk totals -- and that continuing to avoid free passes will be key if the Rangers are going to close the series out.

Evan Grant writes that strike one has been the biggest pitch for the Rangers, with Mike Maddux saying that Cliff Lee joining the team, and pitching like Cliff Lee, has helped show the other pitchers how dominant you can be when you get up 0-1.

Anthony Andro says the Rangers players are fired up about playing a playoff game in front of the home fans.

T.R. Sullivan has a piece on the Rangers' chance to make team history today.

Richard Durrett runs down his things to look for today in Game 3.

Ray Buck writes that the Rangers' ability to get up and stay up has neutralized the back of the Rays' bullpen, one of the team's strengths.

Durrett talks about the success the Rangers' pitchers have had in the first two games.

T.R. Sullivan has a story about the claw and antlers phenomenon.

The S-T has a story by Tim Madigan about this being an unusual sensation for Rangers fans -- watching their team have success.

Gil Lebreton has a column about this team washing away the bad history of the Rangers' franchise, and vindicating Jon Daniels and Ron Washington, two men who have come under a great deal of criticism from the local media over the previous several years.

The Rangers website has a transcript of an interview with Washington from yesterday.

Buck has some notes on things like Elvis Andrus's hair and what flags will be up at the stadium today.

Clint Hurdle talks about replacing Rudy Jaramillo, the legendary long-time Ranger hitting coach who was revered by many players and many in the media.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column about the Rangers' history of frustration and inability to get to the postseason.