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Ron Washington talks about Prince Fielder

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tried to do his best to make sure Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera didn’t beat Texas in the AL Championship Series. Now, in the three regular-season meetings and maybe the playoffs again, Washington and the Rangers must deal with Prince Fielder, too.

"I tell you what, they were a pretty good team last year and all they did was get better,” Washington said. "That goes to show you Detroit wants more than what they got last year. They lost [Victor] Martinez and replaced him with Prince. Now we’ll have to try go through him and Cabrera. It’s definitely a big challenge. We’ve got to do what we always do: Just play baseball and see what happens. He’s going to be a presence and make a difference in their lineup."

Washington said that if Cabrera shifts to third base, he expects him to do well.

"He’ll handle the hot corner," Washington said. "He’s a pro. He can play."