Matchup Between Aces a Rarity

Matchup Between Aces a Rarity

By night's end, one of them will likely have been the difference. The difference between celebration and heartbreak. Between a comeback completed and a collapse averted. By the time the scorebook is closed, one of them will probably have been the difference in the way much of the world will ultimately view the 2010 baseball season in Tampa Bay. Cliff Lee and David Price. Cy Young and Cy younger. Two of the very best left-handers in baseball, and two of the biggest reasons the Rays and Rangers have reached tonight's decisive Game 5 in the American League division series. Both ranked among the top six in the league in ERA, both have lost only one game in the past month, and both are pitching on full rest.

"That's about as good as it gets, isn't it?" Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey said. "I'd pay to see that."

Game 7 of the 2001 World Series: Roger Clemens came with his 20-3 regular-season record for the Yankees. Curt Schilling showed up on three days' rest with his 22-6 record for the Diamondbacks. Clemens would be pulled in the seventh after giving up one run with 10 strikeouts. Schilling lasted until one out in the eighth with nine strikeouts and two runs. Neither pitcher figured in the decision when Arizona won in the ninth with a pair of runs off Mariano Rivera.

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