ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rangers manager Ron Washington said he's planning on starting Julio Borbon in Game 2. That would allow him shift Josh Hamilton to left field against the right-handed pitcher James Shields.
It also means that the club doesn't need David Murphy to play in the field until Game 3, which is Saturday. Murphy is scheduled to ramp things up today and see how he feels.
Texas has until 10 a.m. Tampa time to set the 25-man roster for the postseason and they plan on waiting until the last minute to see how Murphy feels and make sure they want to include him. But Washington indicated Tuesday that he expects Murphy to be ready to go.
"I'm not going to treat it any differently," Borbon said. "I tried to do that at one point during the season and it didn't work. I know this is the postseason and the games are bigger and so is the stage, but I can't let that change what I do."
Borbon said he gained confidence and momentum heading into the playoffs from his September results. He hit .341 for the month with 14 RBIs. He had 29 hits in 89 at-bats, including three doubles.