The Texas Rangers stand on the verge of a sweep in the American League Division Series, and fans can watch live online as the host the Toronto Blue Jays in Game Three — a Blue Jays team that led Major League Baseball with 891 runs in 2015 — a remarkable average of 5.5 per game — but are still looking to win their first postseason game since 1993.
The Blue Jays failed to hold on to a slim one-run lead on Friday as their mighty offense was shut out over the final seven innings of Friday’s game, which finally ended after 14 innings after backup Texas third baseman Hanser Alberto drove in what proved to be the winning run with a single in the top of that inning.
Ross Ohlendorf, who recorded just one save all season for Texas, pitched the bottom of the 14th to nail down the Rangers’ victory and put an end to the marathon contest, which came in at just three minutes short of five hours.
Texas did not take over first place in the American League West until September 15, but with Friday’s victory, the Rangers appear poised to return to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 2011, and only the third time since the then-Washington Senators moved to Texas, becoming the Rangers, in 1972.
To accomplish that feat, however, the Rangers will rely on 24-year-old Venezuelan lefty Martin Perez — who allowed a.304 batting average and.777 OPS against righty batters in 2015 and will have to shut down a Blue Jays lineup loaded with righty sluggers, including MVP favorite Josh Donaldson, 40-home run hitter Jose Bautista, and DH Edwin Encarnacion, who blasted 39 round-trippers.
To find out how to watch Game Three of the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers AL Division Series, and see if the Blue Jays can hold off the brooms for at least a day, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas — 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Pacific — on Sunday, October 11.
The Blue Jays did not lose three games in a row in the regular season after the first week of July. But they lost the final two of the regular season and have now lost the first two of the AL Division Series. Toronto had only one five-game losing streak all season, and that ran from May 13 to May 17.
But after the trade-deadline acquisitions of David Price and Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto turned its season around after muddling around the middle and bottom of the American League East. The Blue Jays surged into first place on August 23, and never gave it up.
But if their season is not going to come to an abrupt end Sunday, they’ll need the outing of a lifetime from 32-year-old veteran righty Marco Estrada, who put up a 3.77 ERA over 28 starts and six relief appearances this season.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays finally win their first postseason game in 22 years, preventing a sweep and giving them a chance to stay alive in the best-of-five series? Or will the Texas Rangers close out the American League Division Series at home, and await the winner of the Houston-Kansas City series? To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers American League Division Series Game 3 live online from Arlington, Texas, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on mobile devices. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Blue Jays vs. Rangers game live online on their TV sets.
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