Bengie Molina quickly learned staff


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Benjie Molina spent the previous three-and-a-half seasons in the National League with the San Francisco Giants and he acknowledged that when he arrived here in July the Texas Rangers pitching staff might as well have been the Yomiuri Giants.

"I didn't know anything about it," Molina said. "I did my homework, watched videos of everyone. I didn't want to fill up my head with too much, but I watched a lot of video on them, especially the guy that was pitching that day. Because I know you have to catch them to feel better. That's what I did. I think I took it very positive. I wanted to take it for a challenge and see how good I am, see how well I can adapt to the pitchers. That's why it's worked out."

The Rangers' pitchers rave about the type of game Molina calls and how he relates and communicates. Molina is expected to be back behind the plate for Satuday's Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark. Right-hander Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72 ERA) will make his postseason debut in the 4:07 p.m. start as the Rangers go for the ALDS sweep.

"Colby seems very poised about it. He has a very strong character," Molina said. "He knows what he's doing. He's prepared. That is the key here. I think he is one of those. He goes out there and tries to beat you with his stuff. I think he's going to be fine."