The Texas Rangers celebrate their series-clinching victory over the Rays.

words // Luis Sanchez

Likely the series everyone expected to go a full five games, is now over with the Texas Rangers returning to the ALCS for the second consecutive season. Blowing past the Tampa Bay Rays in four games, the Rangers were led by some top-notch pitching and an offensive outburst from veteran Adrian Beltre who belted three solo shots in yesterday’s clincher. Ian Kinsler’s solo shot proved to be the difference though, as the Rangers earned the one-run victory 4-3.

Last night also saw the New York Yankees live to play another day, forcing a series-deciding game five with the Detroit Tigers later this week. Aj Burnett silenced all the critics with zero confidence in his pitching, after going a strong 5 2/3 innings and only giving up one run. The Yanks also saw a huge offensive outburst, scoring six runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also extended their season another game, earning a crucial game three victory over the surging Milwaukee Brewers. The series will remain in Arizona for a huge game four, with Joe Saunders taking the mound for the DBacks and Randy Wolf starting for the Brewers.

Continue below for a look back at all of yesterday’s playoff action, as part of Eastbay’s latest MLB Watch.

BJ Upton argues balls & strikes, wearing the latest adidas baseball cleats.

Rookie Matt Moore took the mound in Nike baseball cleats.

Derek Holland in the latest Under Armour baseball cleats.

Adrian Beltre rounds the bases in his Nike baseball cleats.

Adrian Beltre shows his skills on the field with his usual glove from Rawlings.

Ian Kinsler in the latest Mizuno baseball cleats.

Yadier Molina at the plate with his matching men’s batting gloves by Franklin.

Ryan Howards holds down 1st base in a player exclusive pair of adidas baseball cleats.

Russell Martin once again broke out a player exclusive pair of CP3.IV Jordan baseball cleats.

Derek Jeter also hit the field in his signature Jordan baseball cleats.

The Arizona Diamondbacks lived to play another game after taking game 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers.