Now that the Yankees have swept Minnesota, they will have to wait until tomorrow night to find out whether they will be facing the Texas Rangers or the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Championship series, set to begin Friday evening. The Rays were down 0-2 in the series before bouncing back to win two in a row and even the playing field with Texas, and now the Rays will be facing them for the tie-breaker on their home turf. (Cue DJ Kitty!)

If the Rangers win, consider this bit of history: In all of their previous nine post-season game, the Rangers have lost...to the Yankees. The Yanks also swept the Rangers in Texas in April, and pitched Vasquez, Burnett and Moseley, all non-starters now, when they faced off last month. The Yankees' main disadvantage remains Cliff Lee, a certified Yankee-killer, who pitched eight innings of one-run, two hit ball when he last faced them.

Should the Yankees end up facing the Rays, they'll be up against a team that outscored them by seven runs in eighteen games this season, but only won the division by a one-game margin. The Yankees beat pitchers Matt Garza and James Shields in September, and David Price has been beat up on, especially by Nick Swisher. However, speedy Rays like Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton could prove to be a nuisance for Jorge Posada behind the plate, and that artificial turf at Tropicana Field hasn't gotten any more manageable. At least the Yankees will have a big cheering section in Tampa, as usual.

The Yankees are in the middle of a five-day break, which is sorely needed after a demanding end of the season. With six members of their starting lineup and three starting pitchers over the age of 30, and with Swisher and Teixeira still nursing nagging injuries, a little R & R could go a long way toward defeating their upcoming opponents.