Rangers given AL champ rings

The Rangers' 2010 AL Championship rings were created by Jostens. Courtesy of the Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers have received their American League Championship rings.

A day after raising their championship flag before the season opener, the rings were handed out to returning players, coaches and staff during a pregame ceremony Saturday night. The first of 49 rings was presented to team president and CEO Nolan Ryan.

The players were then given rings in alphabetical order, starting with Elvis Andrus and ending with Michael Young.

It is the first championship ring for fifth-year Rangers manager Ron Washington, who has been in pro baseball as a player or coach for 40 years.

Washington said before the game that he was excited to get his ring and then "play baseball again."

Colby Lewis, who was 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in his four postseason starts last fall, didn't receive his ring on the field because he was preparing for his start against Boston. His brother, Zack, accepted the ring for the right-hander.

ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.