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Friday, October 15, 2010
Rangers add two LHPs to ALCS roster

By Richard Durrett

The Rangers have made two changes to their postseason roster for the ALCS to add some lefties to the bullpen:

* In are LHPs Michael Kirkman and Clay Rapada

* Out is RHP Dustin Nippert and pinch-runner Esteban German

The rest of the roster stays the same. The Yankees have some tough left-handed hitters and a handful of switch-hitters. The numbers suggest that most of those hitters aren't as good against left-handed pitchers. This gives manager Ron Washington a chance to throw some lefties out against those hitters and make the switch-hitters bat right-handed if he chooses too.

A few quick examples:

* Robinson Cano batted .337 against right-handed pitchers and .285 against lefties

* Lance Berkman, a switch-hitter, is batting .267 from the left side and just .171 from the right side

* Brett Gardner, a left-handed batter, hit .252 against lefties, 35 points lower than against righties

* Mark Teixeira, by the way, hits better against lefties (.278) than he does righties (.247). He has 23 homers in 421 at-bats against RHPs and 10 homers in 180 at-bats against LHPs.

Here is the Rangers' roster for the ALCS:

RH Pitchers (5): Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hunter, Colby Lewis, Darren O'Day, Alexi Ogando
LH Pitchers (6): Derek Holland, Michael Kirkman, Cliff Lee, Darren Oliver, Clay Rapada, C.J. Wilson
Catchers (2): Bengie Molina, Matt Treanor
Infielders (6): Elvis Andrus, Andres Blanco, Jorge Cantu, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Michael Young
Outfielders (6): Julio Borbon, Nelson Cruz, Jeff Francoeur, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, David Murphy