ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 28: Pitcher Tommy Hunter #35 of the Texas Rangers throws against the San Diego Padres on June 28, 2009 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Rangers will be looking to take command of the AL championship series tonight, while the Yankees will be trying to even things at two games apiece.
In the previous best-of-seven league championship series that were tied 1-all, the Game 3 winner advanced to the World Series 19 of 27 times, according to STATS LLC.
"I don't think we're in trouble," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're down 2-1, we're not down 3-0. It's frustrating we've lost two games in a row, but we've lost two games in a row a lot of times before and come back."
The Rangers have outscored the Yankees 20-8 while taking two of the first three games in the ALCS, including last night's 8-0 rout of the Bombers in the Bronx.
The Yankees are hitting .194 as a team, with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter combining to go 5-for-37 with three RBIs.
They might want to turn up the offense with Burnett pitching for the Yankees against Hunter tonight. Burnett didn't pitch in New York's division-series sweep of Minnesota after going 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA during the regular season.
Hunter was 13-4 with a 3.73 earned run average for Texas this year before allowing two runs in just four innings against Tampa Bay in the Division Series.