Rangers to face Tampa Bay in ALDS

After a wild final night of the regular season, the Texas Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 American League Division Series.

The series will begin late Friday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with first pitch at 4:07 p.m. Texas time.

It's a rematch from last year, when the Rangers won all three games in St. Petersburg to take the series in five games.

This time, the Rangers hope that home field is more of an advantage.

The stage is set after the Rangers beat the LA Angels 3-1 in their regular-season finale to clinch the #2 seed in the American League, then watched Boston and Tampa Bay play for another hour-plus.

Boston, who led the Rays by 9.5 games earlier in September, had leads of 1-0 and 3-2 in Baltimore Wednesday night, but Baltimore scored two runs with two outs in the ninth inning against Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to win the game.

Just moments later, Tampa Bay, who had rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the 8th inning against New York, won on a walk-off solo home run from Evan Longoria in the bottom of the 12th inning to take the AL's Wildcard playoff spot.