FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former University of Arkansas baseball players Cliff Lee and Eric Hinske begin their quests for a World Series ring this week as the Major League Baseball playoffs began Wednesday afternoon.
Lee, pitching for the Texas Rangers, got his team off to a fabulous start as he took the ball for the first game of the series with the Tampa Bay Rays. Lee went seven innings and allowed one run on five hits as he outdueled former Vanderbilt standout David Price to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series. The 2010 playoffs marks the second time in as many years that Lee has been to the playoffs after a World Series appearance last season with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In the National League, Eric Hinske begins his pursuit for a third World Series Championship on Thursday when his club, the Atlanta Braves, take on the San Francisco Giants at 8:37 p.m. central. Hinske has been to three World Series with the Boston Red Sox (2007), Tampa Bay Rays (2008) and New York Yankees (2009) and has two championships to his credit.