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Friday, October 22, 2010
If rain takes Game 6, Cliff Lee moves up?

By Jeff Caplan

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The latest forecast calls for a 30 percent chance for rain during tonight's Game 6 of the ALCS between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. While storms are expected mostly to stay north of Rangers Ballpark, there is a chance nonetheless.

If that rain comes and forces the game to be postponed until Saturday -- when there's actually a greater chance of rain --  manager Ron Washington would skip Lewis and turn to ace Cliff Lee.

"I haven't talked to anybody about it," Washington said, trying not to smile. "But, it could possibly happen."

Haven't talked to anybody? Would there really be a reason to talk to anyone about starting going right to Lee on regular rest if Game 6 is postponed?

"I guess there wouldn't be if that happened," Washington said, now laughing.

The greater issue might be how a rain delay would affect Rangers starter Colby Lewis, who goes against Yankees righty Phil Hughes. Washington said that lefty Derek Holland and righty Tommy Hunter are prepared to work middle or long relief.

Washington said Game 5 loser C.J. Wilson will also be availabe in the bullpen tonight.