Texas Rangers: Darren ODay

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 6, Rangers 2

October, 28, 2011
10/28/11
10:22
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 7 of the World Series, coming back from 3-2 down in the series -- and twice being a strike away from losing in Game 6 to the Texas Rangers -- to win their 11th title. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

What it means: The Rangers lose the World Series for the second consecutive season, falling in seven games in a highly entertaining Fall Classic. They came to St. Louis leading 3-2, but weren't able to win Games 6 or 7. It's the first time they've lost back-to-back games since late August.

No hits, but some hit by pitches: The Cardinals turned a one-run lead into a three-run game without getting a hit in the fifth inning. Scott Feldman, in to start the inning in relief of starter Matt Harrison, issued a one-out walk to Allen Craig. He got ahead 0-2 on Albert Pujols but then hit him on the sleeve. After Lance Berkman grounded out, the Rangers intentionally walked David Freese to load the bases. Feldman then fell behind Yadier Molina 3-0 before getting the count back to 3-2 and then walking him to score a run.

C.J. Wilson came in to relieve Feldman and hit Rafael Furcal with the first pitch he threw to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead. Wilson then had a 1-2-3 sixth inning.

Walks: The Rangers issued 41 walks in the seven games, the most by a pitching staff in a single World Series (passed 1997 Florida Marlins).

Hamilton hit-and-run: Despite Ian Kinsler getting picked off of first base after he slipped trying to get back to the bag, the Rangers remained aggressive on the bases in the first. They called a hit-and-run with Elvis Andrus at first and Josh Hamilton at the plate. Hamilton belted a double to right field and Andrus was able to score with the head start.

Young delivers: Michael Young doubled home Hamilton in the first, going the other way. ESPN Stats & Information: After not having an RBI in his first seven games, Young had 12 RBIs in his last 10 postseason games.

Early runs: The two runs the Rangers scored in the top of the first were the first time a run had been scored in the first inning of Game 7 since 1972, when Oakland scored a run at Cincinnati in the top of the first. The last time a team scored multiple runs in the first of Game 7 was 1960, when the Pittsburgh Pirates took a 2-0 lead on the New York Yankees.

Clutch Freese: Once again, David Freese came through with a clutch hit. He did it in the first off starter Matt Harrison. Freese hit a double to left-center scoring two runs to tie the score. That gave Freese 21 RBIs this postseason, the most for any player in a single postseason. ESPN Stats & Information: Freese joined Allen Craig as the only players to have three consecutive plate appearances to either tie or take the lead in a World Series.

Harrison goes four: Harrison lasted just four innings in Game 7, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout. Harrison wasn't able to hold a 2-0 lead as he took the mound, instead allowing two runs right away. That seemed to zap some of the Rangers' momentum. He didn't quite have the command he needed and the Rangers weren't going to push things past four innings.

Double-play machine: Harrison was second in the majors to teammate C.J. Wilson in double plays induced in the 2011 regular season with 30. And he got one in the second after Rafael Furcal led off with a single. Harrison got Skip Schumaker to hit into a 6-4-3 double play as Andrus charged the ball and made a nice play to start it.

Craig homers again: For the second straight game, Allen Craig homered. This time he went to right field and into the Cardinals' bullpen to give St. Louis a 3-2 lead in the third.

Insurance run: The Cardinals added another run in the seventh off reliever Mike Adams. Lance Berkman beat out an infield single, David Freese walked and Yadier Molina singled to drive in Berkman. That put the Cardinals up 6-2.

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 10, Rangers 9

October, 27, 2011
10/27/11
11:44
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ST. LOUIS -- Wow. In an incredible game full of lead changes and back-and-forth action (it's easy to forget about the spotty defense thanks to the last few innings, isn't it?), the Cardinals pulled out an amazing 10-9 victory in 11 innings to extend the World Series to a seventh game. David Freese hit the winning home run in the bottom of the 11th after the Rangers could taste the title.

What it means: The Rangers were one strike away twice and couldn't finish the deal in Thursday's Game 6. They had five different leads and couldn't hold them. So we'll play a Game 7 on Friday. Amazing.

Freese warms up crowd: The St. Louis fans went crazy when Freese's home run went onto the grassy hill in center field. It came off reliever Mark Lowe as the Rangers were going through bullpen pitchers in an effort to keep the game going at that point.

One strike away (in ninth): The Rangers were one strike away from the championship when Freese hit a 1-2 pitch to the wall in right. Nelson Cruz appeared to have a play on it (some of the Rangers players thought he was going to catch it), but was not able to get there. Two runs scored to turn a 7-5 score into a tie game. It was a blown save for Neftali Feliz.

One strike away again (in 10th): Darren Oliver came in for the 10th after the Rangers took a 9-7 lead and gave up consecutive singles and then a sac bunt by pinch-hitter Kyle Lohse to put runners at second and third. Scott Feldman came in to face right-handed hitter Ryan Theriot. Feldman got him to ground out as a run scored. Albert Pujols was intentionally walked (despite being the winning run) to bring Lance Berkman to the plate. Berkman delivered on a 2-2 pitch with a single to center to score two runs and tie the game again. It was the fifth time the Cardinals tied the game.

Errors and more errors: Mistakes in the field cost both teams. Matt Holliday had what appeared to be an easy fly ball from Cruz in shallow left as shortstop Rafael Furcal backtracked as well. But there was some sort of miscommunication and the ball went off Holliday's glove. That put Cruz at second with no outs in the fourth. He scored on an RBI single by Mike Napoli.

In the bottom of the inning, Michael Young was given an error on what should have been an easy ground-ball out and flip to the pitcher to retire Berkman. Yadier Molina's groundout to third scored Berkman to tie the score.

But in the top of the fifth, Freese dropped a popup to third from Josh Hamilton. Freese was camped under it and it went off his glove. Young immediately made the Cardinals pay with a double to left-center field. That put the Rangers up 4-3.

Young had another error, bobbling a bouncer as he thought about throwing to second. That allowed Holliday to get on. The Cardinals ended up scoring yet again.

Hamilton homers: What a great time for Hamilton's first postseason home run. After the Cardinals had tied it in the bottom of the ninth, Hamilton hit the first pitch he saw from Jason Motte, a 98 mph fastball. It went into the seats in right-center to give the Rangers the lead right back.

Back-to-back jacks: With the score tied in the seventh, the Rangers' big bats came out. Adrian Beltre led off the inning with a home run to right-center estimated at 410 feet. Then Cruz followed with a 419-foot shot to the third deck in left field. That put Texas up 6-4. ESPN Stats & Information: The last back-to-back homers in the World Series were in Game 3 in 2008, by Phillies Chase Utley and Ryan Howard in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Cruz's postseason: Cruz has eight home runs and 16 RBIs. He's tied with Barry Bonds (2002) and Carlos Beltran (2004) for the most homers in a single postseason.

Lewis solid: As usual in the postseason, Colby Lewis did the job. He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) with three walks and four strikeouts. The numbers are misleading, though. Poor defense at times behind Lewis hurt his cause. But he was solid and gave his team a chance to win. And he was better than his counterpart.

Early run, wasted chance: The Rangers started the game with an Ian Kinsler walk, an Elvis Andrus single (to put runners on the corners) and a Hamilton RBI single. But with a 1-0 lead, runners on the corners and no outs, the Rangers didn't plate any more runs. Young and Beltre struck out and Cruz grounded weakly to third to end the inning. As poorly as starter Jaime Garcia pitched, he was able to get out of the inning allowing just one run.

First-inning blast: Moments after Lewis retired Pujols on a first-pitch fly ball to right, switch-hitter Berkman hit the first pitch he saw for an opposite-field homer. Berkman was 2-for-15 with six strikeouts in his career against Lewis before hitting that home run.

Short start: Garcia lasted just three innings. He was having trouble finding the strike zone, dealt with runners in every inning and threw 59 pitches with just 35 of them strikes.

Year of the Napoli: The Rangers' catcher got his 10th RBI of this World Series with the single that hit the chalk. Only two players in World Series history have more RBIs in a single Series than Napoli: Bobby Richardson (12 in 1960) and Mickey Mantle (11 in 1960). Napoli also had yet another big play on the bases as he picked off Holliday at third base with the bases loaded in the sixth.

Beltre's block: Napoli made a terrific throw to pick off Holliday at third base with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth in a tie game. But give a huge assist to Beltre, who blocked third base with his right foot and then applied the tag.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Cardinals 2

October, 24, 2011
10/24/11
10:40
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers take Game 5 and a 3-2 lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rangers' first lead in this World Series. The game featured both teams' No. 1 starters, C.J. Wilson and Chris Carpenter, but the outcome was decided after both had left. Carpenter pitched well, allowing two runs in seven innings. Wilson struggled but fought through to keep his team in the game, giving up two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

What it means: The Rangers need just one win in St. Louis to claim their first World Series championship in club history. They won Games 4 and 5 at home after losing Game 3 to fall behind 2-1 in the series.

Year of the Napoli: Catcher Mike Napoli continues to come through in the clutch. With two runners on and one out in the bottom of the eighth, he delivered a double the opposite way to score two runs. It was odd to see Tony La Russa stick with lefty Marc Rzepczynski against Napoli, who hit .319 against left-handed pitching this season. Napoli delivered. Again. He was batting in that spot after manager Ron Washington switched the lineup in Game 4 and sandwiched Napoli between the lefties.

Unconventional intentional walk: Washington decided to intentionally walk Albert Pujols after Allen Craig was caught stealing to clear the bases with two outs. ESPN Stats & Information's initial check shows that is the first intentional walk with the bases empty in World Series history. The Cardinals loaded the bases, but David Freese hit a first-pitch fly ball to center to end the threat. So Pujols ended up getting the Miguel Cabrera treatment.

Bobbling balls: The Rangers had trouble getting the handle on a couple of balls in the second, and it hurt them. Left-fielder David Murphy twice bobbled Yadier Molina's RBI single, allowing Lance Berkman to go to third (Murphy likely didn't have a play at home even if he'd played it cleanly). Mitch Moreland bobbled a ground ball by Skip Schumaker and couldn't throw home in time to get Berkman, who was running on contact.

Big blasts: Texas scored both of its runs off Carpenter via the homer. Mitch Moreland hit a blast to right field, measured at 446 feet, in the third inning. It landed in the middle of the home run porch. Adrian Beltre followed in the sixth with the tying homer, belting a curveball from one knee into the seats in left.

Walks, walks and more walks: Wilson walked Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman to start the second inning and couldn't work out of that jam. He finished with five walks and has 19 for the postseason. That matches Jaret Wright for the most in a single postseason (1997).

Other intentional walks of Pujols: The Rangers intentionally walked Pujols two other times, a little more conventionally, and it worked both times. The first was in the third, after Allen Craig had sacrificed Rafael Furcal to third, putting runners at the corners to set up the double play. And Wilson got the double-play ball to third off Holliday's bat. In the fifth, Pujols was walked with two outs, and Holliday grounded out to end the inning.

Great catch: Murphy, moments after getting charged with an error in the second, made a terrific play to save an additional run. He dove in left field and took a single away from Nick Punto.

Faulty flip: Wilson tried to make a backhand flip to first base in the third, which fell short. Moreland couldn't get a handle on it and the error put Furcal at second. Wilson was able to work out of the jam (that was a theme in Game 5).

Deja vu: Just like Game 4, Monday's Game 5 started with Rafael Furcal hitting a hard liner to third base. Adrian Beltre, once again, snagged it for a hard out. It began a quick 1-2-3 inning for Wilson, who needed only eight pitches to get through the first.

Wasted chances: The Cardinals had at least two men on base in five of the first seven innings, but scored in only the second inning. They were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Wilson battles: Wilson didn't have his best stuff and flirted with danger for most of his outing. But he was able to keep damage to a minimum and allow his offense to scratch back into it.

Bounce goes Rangers' way: Murphy stayed in to face a lefty in the eighth and he hit a ground ball off the pitcher's leg for an infield single. That allowed Napoli to come in and bat with the bases loaded.

Feliz gets the save: Neftali Feliz came in and got the save. He hit the first batter he faced but struck out Albert Pujols and then Napoli threw to second for a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play that got Craig.

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 16, Rangers 7

October, 22, 2011
10/22/11
11:12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- So much for the low-scoring World Series. The Cardinals put up 16 runs to beat the Rangers by nine. Some thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

Albert joins Reggie, Babe: What a night for Albert Pujols. He bashed three home runs, joining Babe Ruth (Game 4 in 1926 and 1928 at St. Louis) and Reggie Jackson (1977 Game 6 at Yankee Stadium) as the only players to do so in a World Series game. After the Rangers had scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to again close the gap, Pujols blistered a ball off reliever Alexi Ogando. It hit the facade of the club level, just above the windows of the Diamond Club in left field. ESPN HR Tracker had it at 431 feet. Pujols added another one in the seventh and one more in the ninth. His six RBIs matched a World Series record set twice before -- the Yankees' Bobby Richardson (1960 Game 3 vs. Pittsburgh) and Hideki Matsui (2009 Game 6 vs. Philadelphia). Pujols' 14 total bases were a World Series game record.

Craig adds to his list: Allen Craig's surprising World Series continued in the first inning of Game 3. Coming into the game, Craig had two straight pinch-hit RBI singles off Ogando. In the first inning Saturday, Craig blasted a poorly-located 94 mph fastball from Matt Harrison into the seats in left field. The solo shot put the Cardinals up 1-0.

Double plays like Harrison: After Ryan Theriot got on base via an error by Ian Kinsler to start the third, Harrison got the ground ball he needed right to Kinsler, who started a 4-6-3 double play. Harrison then retired Craig (the first time anyone retired Craig in this series) to end the frame.

Crazy fourth inning: A missed call, a big error and timely hitting for the Cardinals turned a 1-0 game into a 5-0 game. A quick look:

* First base umpire Ron Kulpa missed a call at first base in the fourth. Kinsler's relay throw on an attempted double play was high and wide, pulling first baseman Mike Napoli off the bag. He turned and tagged Matt Holliday for what appeared to be a double play. But Kulpa called him safe. Replays clearly showed he was out.

* Lance Berkman followed with a single to right to put runners at first and second. David Freese doubled to right, scoring Holliday.

* The Rangers walked the right-handed hitting Yadier Molina so Harrison could face the left-handed hitting Jon Jay with the bases loaded. And Harrison got the ground ball he needed.

* But Napoli made a bad throw to home after he gloved it on the run. The throw was wide of catcher Yorvit Torrealba as he tried to get the force at home. Two runs scored on the error.

* Theriot followed with an RBI single. The Cardinals got four runs in the inning.

Jet stream homers: The Rangers got right back in the game with two opposite-field homers to right field. Michael Young led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer, and after Adrian Beltre singled, Nelson Cruz went deep. It all happened on six pitches.

Feldman falters: After the Rangers got within two runs in the fourth, reliever Scott Feldman gave up three runs in the fifth. Walks to Holliday and Berkman with no outs hurt his chances, and Molina's double was the big hit.

Terrific throw: St. Louis ended the Rangers' fourth inning with a nice defensive play by Holliday and Molina. Holliday caught a fly ball by Kinsler and Napoli tagged up from third. Holliday's throw, right down the line, was on the inside part of the third-base line, and Molina made a nice tag.

Ogando's magic gone? In three World Series appearances, Ogando just hasn't had it. He allowed an inherited runner to score in each of the first two games, and in Game 3, called upon in a two-run game, he gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits -- the big one being the Pujols blast. He has a 27.00 ERA in this series.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 2, Cardinals 1

October, 20, 2011
10/20/11
10:11
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ST. LOUIS -- The Rangers made a memorable ninth-inning comeback Thursday, tying this World Series at one game apiece. Texas scored two runs in the top of the ninth to take the lead and then held on in the bottom half. The Rangers manufactured the two runs to get the victory in dramatic fashion. Some quick thoughts:

Kinsler with gutsy steal: Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a bloop single off closer Jason Motte and then stole second base with Elvis Andrus looking to bunt him over. Kinsler was safe on a close play, putting him in scoring position with no outs. Andrus singled on a two-strike count, and when the Cardinals' throw wasn't cut off, Andrus took second. That was big in that he was able to eventually score from third later in the inning.

Hamilton, Young come through: Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, two Rangers struggling to get something going this postseason, did what the game asked them to do with sacrifice flies off Arthur Rhodes and Lance Lynn, respectively.

Phenomenal pitching: So much for the "offensive" World Series. At least through two games. Both starting pitchers were excellent in Game 2. Colby Lewis had the second quality start for the Rangers this postseason -- and he has both of them. He gave up one run (surrendered by Alexi Ogando in the seventh) on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Jaime Garcia was great as well, allowing no runs on three hits in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

Craig clutch: For the second straight night, Allen Craig came up as a pinch hitter and delivered against Ogando. Craig hit another Ogando fastball (96 mph) to right field with two outs to put the Cardinals ahead by a run. He hit an Ogando fastball to right in Game 1 to score the go-ahead run. Craig will get to hit a little more in Arlington, as he'll be in the lineup with the designated hitter in play.

Broken bats: Cardinals starter Garcia got through the first two innings in 24 pitches, retiring all six Rangers he faced. Three of them broke bats in the process, including Hamilton, who sent two parts of his bat flying to the infield on a ground ball to third.

Kinsler brushes it off: Kinsler was getting his lead in foul ground at third when Adrian Beltre bounced one off Kinsler's shoulder. Since he was in foul ground, he was not out. Kinsler got up and brushed his shoulder off.

Full count not kind to Beltre: Rangers third baseman Beltre came up with runners on the corners and two outs in a scoreless game in the fourth. Beltre got ahead in the count 3-1, with Nelson Cruz on deck. But he took a swing at a pitch that was low and then struck out on a low fastball. Beltre hit .182 (6-for-33 with six strikeouts) on full counts this season.

DP beauty: After Kinsler was charged with an error on Lance Berkman's ground ball, the second baseman was part of a pretty double play to end that fourth inning. Matt Holliday's bouncer up the middle was backhanded by Andrus, who flipped it to Kinsler, who then barehanded it and tossed it to first.

Elvis' glove in the building: The Rangers shortstop made another terrific play to end the fifth. With two runners on and two outs (thanks to Lewis walking the pitcher after allowing a two-out hit to Nick Punto), Andrus dove to his right and into the outfield grass to get to Rafael Furcal's hard grounder. Andrus flipped the ball with his glove to second, and Kinsler caught it with his foot on the bag just in time. It was a tremendous play.

Elvis' bat all of a sudden in the building: Andrus hadn't done anything all series and postseason but delivered a big two-strike hit in the ninth that ended up putting runners on second and third with no outs. Before that, he struggled. The fourth inning might have played out differently had Andrus been able to get a bunt down to move Kinsler, who had a leadoff walk, over. He fouled one off and then flied out to right. He came up with a runner on and one out in the sixth, and grounded into a double play on the first pitch. Andrus had been hitless in the World Series and came in hitting just .190 in the postseason.

Cruz catches on at the wall: With the Cardinals up 1-0 in the eighth, Albert Pujols hit a long fly ball to right field that looked like it might go into the Cardinals' bullpen. But Cruz went all the way to the wall and grabbed it.

Feliz saves it: Neftali Feliz got his first save of this World Series, coming in after the Rangers took the lead in the ninth.

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 3, Rangers 2

October, 19, 2011
10/19/11
10:14
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ST. LOUIS -- It was an entertaining Game 1 of the World Series as the St. Louis Cardinals broke a tie score with a pinch-hit single in the sixth and then held off the Texas Rangers for a 3-2 win. Some quick thoughts (more to come from clubhouse later):

What it all means: The Cardinals won at home in Game 1 behind a strong performance by Chris Carpenter and great work from the bullpen (as usual this season). The winner of Game 1 has won 12 of the past 14 World Series, with 2002 (San Francisco beating Anaheim) and 2009 (Philadelphia over New York) as the lone exceptions. It sets up Game 2 on Thursday at Busch Stadium with Colby Lewis vs. Jaime Garcia.

Starters come through: Both teams came in with big bats, but starting pitchers C.J. Wilson of Texas and Chris Carpenter of St. Louis pitched well. Wilson came within one out of a quality start, but was lifted with a runners at the corners and two outs for Alexi Ogando to pitch to pinch hitter Allen Craig. Ogando gave up an RBI single to Craig, so that run was charged to Wilson. Wilson ended up allowing three runs on four hits in 5 2/3 innings, but it was his best postseason start in 2011. Carpenter came out of the game when Craig pinch hit for him. He did get a quality start, giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings.

Defensive gem: Carpenter made a great play in the first, diving to get a throw from first baseman Albert Pujols and then sliding his glove to the bag to retire Elvis Andrus. Carpenter just barely got his pitching hand away from Andrus' foot as it touched the bag. The play helped Carpenter get out of the first despite giving up a leadoff hit to Ian Kinsler (part of that was Yadier Molina's nice throw to second to get Kinsler trying to steal on what looked like a hit-and-run in which Andrus missed the pitch).

Glove work: Pujols can do more than pound the ball. He made a nice sliding play behind the first-base bag on a ball hit by Michael Young with a runner at third and two outs in the sixth. He flipped to Carpenter covering the bag. The play saved a run in a tie game.

Berkman delivers: The right fielder hit a single over the first-base bag to score two runs in the fifth after Wilson hit Pujols on a 2-0 pitch and Matt Holliday doubled to put runners at second and third.

Year of the Napoli: Right after the Cardinals scored, the Rangers tied it up. Mike Napoli, who came in with just one homer this postseason, blasted an opposite-field shot that was out the moment he hit it (Berkman just turned and watched). Napoli likes facing Carpenter. The homer put him at 4-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs against him. Some ESPN Stats & Information stuff on Napoli's homer:

• First homer by an AL catcher since Jorge Posada in Game 3 of 2001 World Series.
• First World Series Game 1 HR by any catcher since Charles Johnson in 1997.
• First World Series Game 1 HR by an AL catcher since Ted Simmons in 1982 (also in St. Louis).
• Was measured at 415 feet and would have been a home run at all 30 MLB parks.

Smart strategy: Manager Ron Washington wasn't going to let Pujols beat the Rangers in the fifth. After Rafael Furcal walked and was bunted to second by Jon Jay, Washington had Wilson intentionally walk Pujols to set up the double play. After a visit by pitching coach Mike Maddux, Holliday hit the first pitch he saw to third for a 5-4-3 double play, ending the threat and keeping the score tied at 2.

Big pinch hit and a kick save: Nelson Cruz tried to make a sliding catch on Craig's single to right field and couldn't get it. But he did manage to keep the ball in front of him with his feet. One run scored on the play, but Cruz's slide might have saved another run as Nick Punto had to stop at third and was stranded there. Give Craig credit. He was late on the 98-mph fastball by Ogando, but was able to drive it near the line in right field. ESPN Stats & Info: Allen Craig is the first pinch hitter to have a go-ahead RBI in the sixth inning or later of a World Series game since Wade Boggs with the Yankees in 1996.

Interesting decision: With two outs and runners at first and second, Washington decided to pinch hit right-handed hitter Esteban German for Alexi Ogando despite having Yorvit Torrealba on the bench. It was German's first postseason at-bat and he struck out against lefty Marc Rzepczynski. Torrealba was 0-for-5 against left-handed pitching in the postseason, though La Russa might have gone to Octavio Dotel had Torrealba pinch hit. It was an interesting call.

Situational lefty: Mike Gonzalez came in for one batter, which is what his role is in close games. The left-handed pitcher threw to left-handed batter Jon Jay leading off the seventh inning and got him to ground out to short.

Rhodes vs. Hamilton: Former Ranger Arthur Rhodes, the Cardinals' situational lefty, came in to face Josh Hamilton with two outs and no one on in the eighth in a one-run game. Hamilton got ahead in the count, 3-1, but ended up flying out to center.

Did that hit his foot? Adrian Beltre thought a ball that he swung at hit his foot in the ninth. But it bounded to third and the Cardinals threw to first for an out with Beltre still at home plate. It's tough to tell on the replay, but it was certainly close. Jason Motte got the out on his way to the save.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 7, Rangers 5

October, 13, 2011
10/13/11
6:43
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DETROIT -- The Tigers, behind a gritty effort by ace Justin Verlander and a big sixth inning off C.J. Wilson, forced the American League Championship Series back to Texas for Game 6 on Saturday night with a 7-5 win. Some thoughts on today's game (more to come from the clubhouse):

* The sixth inning altered Game 5 as the Rangers didn't take advantage of an opportunity against Verlander, and the Tigers then put together a big inning off Wilson in the bottom half. And the third-base bag at Comerica Park gets Game 5 MVP consideration. A closer look:

-- Mike Napoli singled and David Murphy doubled with one out to put runners at second and third. It was the second straight inning the Rangers had a runner at third and less than two outs. Mitch Moreland walked on four pitches to load the bases for Ian Kinsler. But Kinsler hit the first pitch he saw from Verlander to third base, where Brandon Inge stepped on the bag and threw to first. The double play ignited the crowd and kept the score tied.

-- Kinsler swinging at the first pitch of the sixth also kept Verlander's pitch count at 113, allowing him to pitch the seventh too. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before the game that Verlander would throw around 125 pitches.

-- The Tigers struck for four runs off Wilson, hitting for the natural cycle. Ryan Raburn singled, Miguel Cabrera doubled, Victor Martinez tripled and Delmon Young homered. Young's homer, his second of the game, was a two-run blast.

-- Cabrera's double hit the third-base bag, bouncing high over Adrian Beltre's head. That allowed Raburn to score.

-- Martinez's triple came after he hit a ball down the right-field line and Nelson Cruz tried to dive for it. The ball got past him, allowing Cabrera to score easily and Martinez to get to third.

-- Young's homer came on a high fastball from Wilson. It was his second homer of the game.

* It was yet another disappointing postseason start for Wilson. He gave up six runs on eight hits in six innings of work. Wilson now has an 8.04 ERA in the 2011 playoffs. He's 0-2 in three playoff starts in 2011.

* Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer off Verlander with one out in the eighth, making the score 7-4. Cruz becomes the first player to hit five home runs in an ALCS. And he'll get a chance to add to that total in Saturday's Game 6. Cruz now has 11 home runs in his first 25 postseason games. Remarkable.

* For the fourth time in this ALCS, the Rangers scored at least one run in the first two innings. They got one in the first off Verlander, preventing the Tigers crowd from getting into the game early. Ian Kinsler started it off with a double, aggressively going to second on a ball hit to left field. Elvis Andrus tried twice to bunt him over and fouled off both pitches. He then grounded out to second to get Kinsler to third. Josh Hamilton scored him with a sacrifice fly to center.

* Kinsler has set the tone as the leadoff hitter, getting aggressive when he needs to and taking pitches when necessary. When leading off an inning in this postseason (any inning, including the first) he's 5-for-12 with homer and an RBI. In the ALCS, Kinsler has two singles, a double, a walk and a popup in his first-inning at-bats. He's scored a run in three first innings in this series.

* Alex Avila, a left-handed hitter, was 2-for-33 in the postseason before hitting a solo home run in the third off Wilson. Left-handed hitters had just two homers off Wilson all season.

* Delmon Young gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with a solo homer with two outs in the fourth on the first pitch thrown his way. It was the fifth home run allowed by Wilson in this postseason.

* Texas not only tied the score in the fifth but worked Verlander for 33 pitches in the inning, shoving him to 96 for the game. Three impressive at-bats made the difference. Kinsler walked after falling behind 1-2, then Elvis Andrus hit a single to left and Josh Hamilton drove in Kinsler with a single to center. Verlander did a good job to limit the damage, striking out Michael Young on a nasty curve and getting Adrian Beltre to fly out to deep center (after Beltre nearly hit a three-run homer down the right-field line before it curved barely foul).

* Koji Uehara allowed his third homer of the postseason in 1 1/3 innings. The home run gave the Tigers an extra run in the seventh. That came in handy when Cruz's two-run homer cut the gap to three runs. Uehara has a 33.00 ERA in these playoffs.

* Verlander was able to pitch into the eighth, helping a depleted Tigers bullpen. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde were not available, so Phil Coke finished the game for Detroit. The off day Friday should help those tired arms.

* Hamilton hit two of the hardest outs you'll see. The sacrifice fly was a good, solid one to center in the first and he crushed a line drive to the base of the wall with two outs in the ninth.

* Young belted a single through the right side of the infield to score Hamilton in the ninth and allow Beltre to be the tying run with two outs. Beltre walked and Napoli grounded out to end the game.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Tigers 3

October, 12, 2011
10/12/11
9:38
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DETROIT -- The Rangers won another extra-inning game, coming from behind to do it. They take a 3-1 lead in the series and have a chance to secure another trip to the World Series in Game 5 on Thursday at Comerica Park. Some quick thoughts (plenty more to come from the clubhouse):

* It was a big 11th inning that finished things off for Texas. Josh Hamilton led off with a double and then Jim Leyland decided to intentionally walk Adrian Beltre to pitch to Mike Napoli. That move backfired when Napoli hit a single to drive in Hamilton with the go-ahead run.

* Nelson Cruz then followed up with a three-run homer into the Tigers' bullpen. It was the 10th postseason homer of his career and his fourth of this series. It's the second time he's hit one in the 11th. He's the first player to have two extra-inning home runs in the same postseason series and the fourth to have two extra-inning homers in a postseason career (ESPN Stats & Information).

* With the game tied in the eighth, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera, putting the go-ahead run on base. Victor Martinez's single put runners on the corners with one out. But Cruz's arm came to the rescue. Delmon Young's fly ball down the foul line in right was caught by Cruz, who threw a one-hop rope to home to get Cabrera easily as he tried to tag up. That ended the inning. Cruz raised his arms in celebration after the throw. The play kept the game tied and made sure Washington's decision worked.

* Napoli, who absorbed a hard collision in Tampa during the ALDS, blocked the plate and had time to turn and tag Cabrera, who knocked him over on more of a glancing blow. Napoli has shown his toughness defending the plate.

* Napoli also showed off his arm, making a tremendous throw to second to get Austin Jackson trying to steal the base with one out in the 10th. Napoli gloved the high pitch, set his feet and made a great throw to Ian Kinsler, who snapped a quick tag.

* Alexi Ogando is human after all. On an 0-2 pitch to No. 9 hitter Brandon Inge in the seventh, Ogando left a 98 mph fastball a little up and Inge crushed it out to left to tie the score. Inge had just three homers in the regular season, all of which came against left-handed pitchers.

* The homer came after the Rangers had taken the lead with a productive sixth inning. Down 2-0 and unable to do much against Tigers starter Rick Porcello, the Rangers struck for three runs with timely hits, aggressive baserunning and an ability to take advantage of Tigers mistakes. A look:

-- Give Rangers third-base coach Dave Anderson credit for sending David Murphy on Ian Kinsler's one-out double in the sixth. Delmon Young had trouble getting to it after it bounced off the wall, and Anderson waved Murphy in. The throw from Young missed the cutoff man and Murphy scored easily.

-- Kinsler made things happen with his feet. On a 2-2 pitch with one out and Elvis Andrus at the plate, Kinsler stole third. He barely made it before the tag, but that forced the Tigers to bring the infield in. On a 3-2 pitch, Andrus hit one over second base and into right field to tie the score.

-- Andrus' speed clearly worried the Tigers. Porcello threw over several times and one throw was wild and ended up in the Rangers' dugout. That sent Andrus to second.

-- Young, batting just 3-for-29 in the playoffs heading into the inning, hit a single to center to score Andrus. It was some vindication not only for Young, but for Ron Washington. The skipper stuck with his slugger in the cleanup spot and he came up big with a go-ahead run late.

* As the top of the fifth inning ended on a nice double play started by Porcello, Cabrera was jawing with the Rangers' dugout. Not sure what it was all about, but the Rangers broke loose the next inning.

* Cabrera came up with runners at first and second and two outs. Much like in Game 3, Texas probably didn't want to walk Cabrera and put another runner into scoring position by loading the bases. But the plan was likely to pitch around him. Matt Harrison, though, got a fastball in the middle of the zone and Cabrera hit it to the left-center-field wall for a two-RBI double. That gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

* After struggling in the first inning during the series, the Tigers got the Rangers out in order -- and quickly. Porcello needed just eight pitches (seven strikes) to get Kinsler to ground out, Andrus to strike out and Hamilton to ground out to second (on one pitch).

* Porcello's slider was extremely impressive. Through three innings, he had five strikeouts and had allowed one hit (a double to Murphy on a changeup high in the zone). The slider was Porcello's out pitch and had great movement. His sinker was also working, especially inside to right-handed hitters. Porcello was out after 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.

* The double play saved Harrison in the first. After he gave up a leadoff walk to Jackson (Harrison was ahead 0-2 and lost him), Ryan Raburn hit a 3-2 pitch to third base to start a 5-4-3 double play. Harrison walked Cabrera, but got Martinez to pop up to end a 20-pitch frame.

* Despite not having his best stuff, Harrison was able to grind through five innings. He gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. He limited damage and he battled. Then his offense came through for him. And with a rested Alexi Ogando ready, Washington went to the bullpen to pitch to Cabrera to lead off the sixth.

* Murphy, who didn't play in Game 3, was 3-for-4 with a double and two singles, and he scored a run in the sixth.

* The ninth inning ended for the Rangers when Cruz went too soon trying to steal second. Joaquin Benoit, who takes a long time to throw a pitch home, stepped off and threw to second in plenty of time to get Cruz. Catcher Alex Avila even had time to tell Benoit to throw to second.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 5, Rangers 2

October, 11, 2011
10/11/11
10:15
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DETROIT -- The Tigers got their first win of this American League Championship Series behind some power from Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta. Detroit was able to get to Colby Lewis and then held on. The Rangers got a first-inning run, but scored just one more after that. The Rangers lead the series, 2-1. Some quick thoughts on tonight's Game 3 (more to come from the clubhouse):

* For the Tigers to have a shot to win this series, Martinez and Cabrera have to hit. Both contributed on Tuesday. Martinez drilled a 2-1 fastball over the right-field fence in the fourth. Lewis allowed an AL-high 35 homers in 2011 (24 of them were solo shots). Martinez appeared to hurt himself on the swing, slamming his batting helmet down as he got back to the dugout after a slow home run trot.

* One inning later, Miguel Cabrera came up with runners on the corners and two outs in a 1-1 game. The Rangers elected to pitch to him despite an apparently injured Martinez in the on-deck circle. Cabrera went the other way on an 0-2 pitch for a double to score the go-ahead run.

* Lewis allowed his second homer of the game as he tried to get ahead with a first-pitch fastball to Jhonny Peralta. It was hit out to left field.

* Lewis was out after 5 2/3 innings and Koji Uehara came in and gave up a single to Austin Jackson (from Denton, Texas) to make it 4-1 Tigers. That run was charged to Lewis, ending his string of postseason starts of at least five innings with two or fewer runs allowed (he had five of those before Tuesday). Two of Lewis' roughest regular-season starts came against the Tigers. He gave up 13 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings in two starts this year against Detroit.

* The Rangers scored first yet again in this AL Championship Series, getting a run in the top of the first. Ian Kinsler hit the first pitch on the ground between third and short and Elvis Andrus followed with a ground-ball single through the right side of the infield. With runners at the corners, Josh Hamilton delivered an RBI single to center to score Kinsler.

* Fister kept the Rangers from making the first inning even bigger as he got Michael Young to ground into a double play and struck out Adrian Beltre.

* Lewis looked dominant in the first. He threw 15 pitches, 12 of them strikes. His fastball had good location and his breaking pitches had nice movement. Lewis' slider to Miguel Cabrera was filthy, getting a swinging strikeout to end the first inning.

* The slider was a critical pitch for Lewis early on Tuesday. He struck out three batters with it, including Alex Avila and Ryan Raburn in back-to-back at-bats with runners at first and second in the second inning.

* Yorvit Torrealba got his first action of the playoffs, handling the game-calling duties for Lewis. He was 3-for-3 at the plate, including a double to lead off the eighth. He was thrown out trying to get to second on a dirt ball in the fifth.

* Beltre appeared to hit a ball off his left knee. He stayed in the game for the at-bat, but it was clear he was in pain.

* Cabrera hit a home run in the seventh off Uehara, who gave up 11 homers in 65 innings in the regular season. The homer came on an 0-2 count. Cabrera was very good on 0-2 counts on Tuesday.

* Young was 0-for-4 with three ground balls to short and a strikeout with Hamilton standing at second base and no outs in the ninth. He is now 3-for-27 in the playoffs.

* The Nos. 4-5-6-7 hitters for Rangers on Tuesday: 0-for-15.

* Kinsler got on base to lead off the first, third and sixth (a single, an infield single and a hit-by-pitch) and scored once. His groundout in the eighth scored Torrealba from third.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Tigers 3

October, 10, 2011
10/10/11
7:52
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- What an incredible game and an incredible finish. The Rangers won it on a walk-off grand slam by Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning Monday. Texas leads the series 2-0 as it shifts to Detroit for Games 3, 4 and 5. Some quick thoughts (ESPN Stats & Information helped provide fun statistical facts as well). More to come shortly from the clubhouse.

* Nelson Cruz sent everyone home with an 11th-inning grand slam to give the Rangers a walk-off, 7-3 victory. The crowd of 51,227 went crazy. Cruz stood at home plate hoping to see the ball stay fair down the left-field line. He had tied the score in the seventh and then won it in the 11th.

Michael Young, ending an 0-for-15 streak, started the Rangers' 11th with a single. Adrian Beltre followed suit with a hit, and then Mike Napoli was given a hit on a ball in right field that could have been caught but glanced off Don Kelly's glove. That loaded the bases with no outs (for the second time in the game for the Rangers) for Cruz, who turned his magic.

* The Rangers loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs in a tie game off Jose Valverde. Beltre hit a double to center. The Tigers then intentionally walked Napoli, and Cruz was hit by a pitch on the left wrist, it appeared, to load things up. But David Murphy, swinging at the first pitch, flied to shallow left and not deep enough to score Beltre. Mitch Moreland then hit into a rare 3-2-3 double play to get the Tigers out of the inning. The only other player in the past 10 years to ground into a double play with the bases full in a postseason game in the ninth inning or later was Buster Posey in the 10th inning of Game 2 of last year's National League Division Series.

* Some of you asked in the chat room and on Twitter whether the Rangers should have pinch run for Beltre and sent the runner on the fly ball. I think it was too shallow to try it even with a faster runner, especially because that was just the first out of the inning. But that's just me.

* Cruz appears to have found his swing. His home run off the foul pole in the seventh tied the score at 3. It was his second home run in the series and his eighth of his postseason career. He's building his club record for playoff homers (Juan Gonzalez had six). But it was the Cruz double in the second that might be more of a sign of the end of the slump he was in at the end of the regular season and in the American League Division Series (1-for-15 with five strikeouts). He hit it to the opposite field, something manager Ron Washington said before the game he wanted to see as proof Cruz was getting past his slump.

* With a runner at first and two outs in the ninth and left-handed batter Kelly up, manager Ron Washington went with lefty Mike Gonzalez and took out Alexi Ogando. The move didn't work. Kelly doubled to right. Third-base coach Gene Lamont didn't wave Ramon Santiago home. Neftali Feliz came in and intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera before retiring Victor Martinez on a looper to center that Elvis Andrus bobbled but caught. It was odd to see Feliz intentionally walk Cabrera instead of Gonzalez.

* Down 3-2 in the sixth, the Rangers had an opportunity to tie or take the lead after Andrus walked and Josh Hamilton singled as Detroit starter Max Scherzer tried to get through the Rangers' order a third time. That left the Nos. 4-6 hitters to try to hit with a runner in scoring position. They were 0-for-3. Scherzer got ahead 0-2 on all three of them. Michael Young's liner to right was caught on the run by Ryan Raburn, and Andrus alertly tagged up and went to third. But Beltre struck out and Napoli grounded out to short, where SS Jhonny Peralta had him well-played near the second-base bag.

* The Rangers jumped on Scherzer in the first. Andrus, 2-for-18 before the game, got a single, and Hamilton (4-for-19) hit an RBI double to score the first run. Beltre's double scored Hamilton. But after allowing a leadoff double by Cruz in the second, Scherzer calmed down. He got the next 12 batters he faced.

* Derek Holland didn't have his fastball command. Too many pitches were up, and he was fortunate to allow only three runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work. He threw a lot of pitches -- 76 in his outing -- and walked four batters and put another one on via hit-by-pitch. Holland is the first starter in Rangers history to walk four or more batters in less than three innings in a postseason game. It seemed like Holland was fastball happy, throwing limited off-speed pitches.

* For the second straight game, a Rangers starter worked out of a first-inning jam. Holland gave up a walk to leadoff batter Austin Jackson, and Ramon Santiago singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. But the Nos. 3-5 hitters for the Tigers couldn't take advantage. Holland got Delmon Young to pop up, Miguel Cabrera to ground out to first and Victor Martinez to hit a dribbler back to the mound.

* Things didn't get better for Holland in the second. He walked three batters, including two back to back with two outs (No. 9 hitter Brandon Inge and Jackson). Holland got some help from his defense as Ian Kinsler made a great play behind the bag to flip to Andrus and get the force on a close play.

* After Holland walked Inge and went 1-0 on Jackson, manager Ron Washington went to the mound to have a talk with Holland. The last time Washington did that was July 30 in Toronto, and it had a great effect on Holland. But on Monday, Holland wasn't able to settle down and get his pitches down.

* Strange play in the third. With Miguel Cabrera at second after a one-out double, Holland threw a ball low and it appeared to hit Victor Martinez. But there was no call, and Martinez went to first as Cabrera just kept running and scored. The umpires met for a long time before determining that the ball hit Martinez and he didn't swing (which appeared to be the right call on replay). Jim Leyland argued long and hard.

* A few pitches later, Ryan Raburn blasted a three-run homer to left field to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. Holland wasn't likely to get out of all of his jams with the fastball up like that.

* The Tigers were 2-for-26 with runners in scoring position in their past four games (including Monday) before Raburn's homer.

* Scott Feldman was critical for the Rangers on Monday. He was solid in 4 1/3 innings of relief after Holland struggled. He retired 13 of the 15 he faced. One batter got on because of an error on Mitch Moreland; the other (Alex Avila) singled to lead off the sixth. The sinker was working, and Feldman attacked the strike zone. When he came off the field after the seventh, the crowd of 51,227 gave him a huge cheer. The last pitcher to pitch 4 1/3 or more scoreless innings in relief was Cleveland's Aaron Laffey in Game 6 of 2007 AL Championship Series versus the Red Sox.

* Moreland continues to struggle. He is 2-for-17 in this postseason and has just one hit since a home run in Game 2 of the ALDS. He had the double play with the bases loaded in the ninth and had three strikeouts Monday.

* It was another sterling effort by the entire bullpen, which didn't allow a run in 8 1/3 innings. Feldman, Ogando, Gonzalez, Feliz and Adams did the work. Texas relievers haven't allowed a run in the series so far.

* Delmon Young played in left field despite an obilque injury. And it appeared he wasn't moving well or throwing well in left field because of it. He was slow to get to a Hamilton double in the first. Young was in there for his bat, and he was 0-for-4 batting third. He was lifted late for Kelly.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Tigers 2

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
12:03
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers took Game 1, thanks to timely hitting early and a strong showing by the bullpen. It was a long night for both teams with two rain delays and the game ending early Sunday morning, but the Rangers grab the series lead, 1-0. Some quick thoughts (more to come from the clubhouse):

* The win gives the Rangers a boost, since they were able to do it on a night when Tigers ace Justin Verlander was on the mound (and Rangers starter C.J. Wilson didn't have his best stuff). They fought through two delays and won yet another tight game in this postseason.

* The first rain delay appeared to impact Wilson's command. He had found it in the fourth but struggled in the fifth after play was resumed. He had given up a leadoff double to Ramon Santiago to start the fifth and then the 41-minute delay came. After that, Brandon Inge grounded out, but Austin Jackson hit an RBI double and Wilson walked Ryan Raburn and Miguel Cabrera. A wild pitch, thrown on an 0-2 count, allowed another run to score. Wilson walked Magglio Ordonez intentionally and then the rain came again. So in that 13 minutes of resumed play, the Tigers scored twice and the inning was still going.

* Mike Gonzalez was acquired to get tough left-handed hitters out. He did that in the ALDS and he did it again in the ALCS. On Saturday, he needed just two pitches to retire Alex Avila, the only left-handed batter in the Tigers order in Game 1. Avila grounded to second with the bases loaded and two outs as soon as the rain stopped the second time following a 1 hour, 9 minute delay. Gonzalez is 2-for-2 in big postseason at-bats against lefties in key situations, striking out Johnny Damon on three pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS.

* The Rangers talked Friday about needing to get to Verlander early. After wasting a chance in the first (see below), Texas did a nice job of hitting with two strikes in the second. David Murphy went down and got a two-strike fastball and hit it to the base of the wall in right-center to score Mike Napoli in the second. Napoli had singled with two strikes as well. Murphy ended up at third with a triple and scored on Ian Kinsler's RBI single the other way. Just like that, it was 2-0 Rangers after two innings.

* Wilson had early command issues with his off-speed stuff and loaded the bases in the first inning with one out -- two singles and a walk. Magglio Ordonez, though, grounded into a 5-3 double play as Adrian Beltre stepped on third and threw to first. Wilson threw 20 pitches in the first, 11 strikes. He put two more batters on in the second but worked out of it.

* Another double play helped Wilson. After giving up a leadoff walk in the third, Victor Martinez (who hit into 20 ground ball double plays during the season), grounded one to Beltre, who started yet another twin-killing.

* The Rangers' ace settled down. He struck out the side in the fourth, getting Magglio Ordonez, Alex Avila and Jhonny Peralta in order.

* Nelson Cruz, hitless in his last 10 at-bats and struggling in the postseason, turned on a 93 mph fastball on a 2-0 count and hit it over the left-field fence. It was his first homer of this postseason and his seventh one in the last two playoff series. That's a club record, breaking Juan Gozalez's mark of six.

* A steady rain forced a delay starting at 8:42 p.m. local time. It lasted 41 minutes as the first heavy rain cell came and went at the ballpark.

* Verlander didn't have an easy time in his first inning, either. He walked two batters -- Ian Kinsler and Michael Young -- and had to deal with an error by Austin Jackson but struck out Beltre on a nasty curve ball to end the threat. Jackson dropped a routine fly ball to right-center, though the wind might have bothered Jackson. The E8 gave the Rangers a runner at second with one out, but they couldn't score him (Josh Hamilton also struck out).

* Kinsler had an eight-pitch at-bat to start the game but was thrown out at second base on what appeared to be a missed hit-and-run by Elvis Andrus (he swung, but missed).

* Rain note (courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information's Doug Kern): Of the four teams still in the postseason, the Tigers have the most rain delay experience. They've had 17 games delayed for a total of 11:46 (not including Saturday). The last rain delay at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was May 24 vs. the White Sox. That one was 2 hours and 58 minutes.

* Alexi Ogando was once again solid in his postseason appearance. He threw two scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

* Manager Ron Washington decided to go with the lefty-lefty matchup in the eighth. He brought in Darren Oliver to pitch to Don Kelly and Alex Avila and Oliver retired both (fly out and strikeout). Mike Adams then came in and got Jhonny Peralta. Then it was all Neftali Feliz in the ninth. He hit 101 mph on the ballpark radar gun.

Rangers 25-man roster for ALCS

October, 8, 2011
10/08/11
12:03
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As expected, the Rangers have decided to go with an extra pitcher and not put third catcher Matt Treanor on the roster. Texas added Yoshinori Tateyama to the roster for the AL Championship Series. That gives them eight relievers and means the bench is shortened by one player. But it gives the club that additional arm they might need in a seven-game series.

Because the Tigers have all right-handed pitching, the chances that both Yorvit Torrealba and Mike Napoli would be in the same lineup with one at DH are slim. So they can afford to carry the additional pitcher. The roster:

Infield (6)
Mitch Moreland
Ian Kinsler
Adrian Beltre
Elvis Andrus
Esteban German
Michael Young

Outfield (5)
Nelson Cruz
David Murphy
Craig Gentry
Josh Hamilton
Endy Chavez

Catcher (2)
Mike Napoli
Yorvit Torrealba

Starting pitchers (4)
C.J. Wilson
Derek Holland
Colby Lewis
Matt Harrison

Relief pitchers (8)
Neftali Feliz
Mike Adams
Alexi Ogando
Mike Gonzalez
Darren Oliver
Scott Feldman
Koji Uehara
Yoshinori Tateyama

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