- (Reuters/Steve Nesius)
Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees will resume their nerve-racking series Thursday afternoon following the Yankees' dramatic 3-2 win in Game 3 on Wednesday night. All the action can be watched online from 7.30 p.m. ET through live stream visa one of the packages below.
For the Orioles this is a must win game - it's as simple as that. They must win today to tie the series at 2-2 and force a winner takes all Game 5 on Friday night to see who will advance to the ALCS.
Baltimore will be kicking themselves for letting the opportunity to go 2-1 up slip from grasp on Wednesday. The Orioles were leading 2-1 needing just two more outs at the bottom of the ninth innings, when New York's Raul Ibanez smashed one into the stands to force extra innings.
Ibanez was the hero of the night for the Yankees, as he hit the last-gasp lifeline home run for New York, as well as the game-winning home run - a massive hit into the upper tier at Yankee Stadium to send the home fans and players into a frenzy.
The comeback victory leaves the Yankees just one game from advancing, and they will be desperate to close this one out tonight.
The first three games in this series have been so tight - with all three entering the ninth inning with the teams either level or with just a run between them. The starting pitchers have controlled the games, and there has been next to nothing to separate the teams so far.
However, things could change considerably tonight, and more scoring could be expected, as Phil Hughes and Joe Saunders take to the mound at Yankee Stadium.
Saunders has not had a good time against New York in the past - he has a 5.82 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in six career starts.
Alex Rodriguez could be a man to keep an eye on. He was in the unfamiliar position of being removed from the game Wednesday night for a pinch hitter. It proved the right call from the Yankees as Ibanez more than proved, however, it will be interesting to see how A-Rod reacts. He has a good record against Orioles' pitcher Saunders; seven hits in 16 bats, with two home runs.
However, even though Saunders could be fazed by the pressure on him in this key game, if he can get into his rhythm and restrict the Yankees' hitters early on he could do well. He has already proven he is capable of shutting down big hitters recently against the Texas Rangers, and if he can do the same again today he could be key in swinging momentum back to Baltimore.
Meanwhile the Yankees will be relying on Hughes to pull them over the line. However, he has had a nervous time against the Orioles, posting 5.10 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 17 career appearances and 14 stars against them.
At his best Hughes can be right up there, but he had proven a little temperamental on the mound, and he gave up at least four earned runs in each of his last three starts at the end of the regular season. If the Orioles can get a few runs on the board early on it could knock Hughes' confidence and open the door for Baltimore to take this one.
Tonight's game between the Yankees and the Orioles starts at 7.37 p.m. and MLB.com and TBS are both offering packages to watch the MLB Playoffs online.
On MLB.tv a postseason package is available for just $24.99, and that includes live streaming, HD quality video, in-game stats and highlights and more. Sign up by clicking here.
TBS is also offering coverage through MLB.com on "TBS Hot Corner."
MLB.com has described:
"This year's media player allows fans more interactivity as they'll be able to choose between a Backstop Cam, Pitcher Cam, Dugout Cam and Batter Cam.
"With this year's Live Game Streaming application, fans will have the option to switch between live games, interact with other fans around the country in live chat rooms and vote in live polls. An on-site reporter will bring fans live reports and exclusive interviews throughout the game as well.
"The Hot Corner also offers exclusive on-demand postseason content featuring on-field postgame reactions from players and managers, sit-down player interviews, original postseason-themed music videos featuring rock 'n' roll legends Bon Jovi and a behind-the-scenes look into players' pregame and off-day routines."