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Saturday, October 9, 2010
Dustin Nippert enjoying view from pen

By Richard Durrett

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's not that Dustin Nippert wouldn't like the chance to pitch in the postseason again. But if the starters pitch deep into games and it means he doesn't get any work, that's OK with him.

"As long as the starters are doing their jobs, it keeps me in the background," Nippert said. "That's fine. It means the team is doing well and they are having success."

Nippert is one of just a handful of players with postseason experience, albeit brief. He pitched in two playoff games for Arizona in 2007, giving up no runs on one hit in 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and no walks.

"It's a lot harder on the nerves when you're sitting down out there, but once you get in there, it's baseball," Nippert said. "You go about your business. Darren Oliver has done it so many times, we've all talked to him and he says the hardest thing is waiting and once you get out there, you're relaxed and just pitch."

Nippert could be used should a starter get into trouble. Through the first two games, Cliff Lee and C.J. Wilson both pitched at least into the seventh, meaning manager Ron Washington didn't have to worry about a long man. So Nippert will wait and stay ready. And if he isn't needed, he'll consider that a good sign for his team.