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Former Tampa Bay Ray Pat Burrell continues to struggle for San Francisco Giants in World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas — Pat Burrell looked a lot more like he did with the Rays on Saturday than with the Giants.

Burrell struck out four times in Game 3 — one shy of the record for a World Series game — and ran his total to 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in three games.

"I picked a bad time to struggle, there's no way around it," he said. "I'm getting pitches to hit, just not doing anything with them and chasing some balls off the plate. This is just a bad time. …

"You have to be accountable for what you do, and certainly I didn't get the job done tonight — not even close. And that's frustrating. When you prepare yourself for the World Series and games like this, you don't plan it to go that way, but it is what it is."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Burrell's timing is "off probably a little bit," and though he hopes he comes out of it, Bochy would consider dropping him from the lineup for Game 4 tonight.

"I'd be disappointed, of course. You want to play," Burrell said. "Could I blame him, probably not. I'm not exactly swinging the bat very well, and this is a terribly important time for our team."

Burrell, 34, is the 13th player to strike out at least four times in a Series game. Between the 2008 Series (vs. the Rays) and this one, he is 1-for-23 with 13 strikeouts.

IN THE HUNT: Rangers scheduled Game 4 starter Tommy Hunter hasn't had a good postseason, compiling a 6.14 ERA (and allowing 11 hits in 71/3 innings) while losing Game 4 of the AL division series to the Rays and lasting 31/3 innings in Game 4 of the ALCS against the Yankees.

Hunter said the problem may be that he's throwing too many strikes — but he's not going to change. "That's why they're hitting the ball," he said. "It's just a thing to attack them, go after them, and that's what I do, and that's what I'm going to continue to do.''

KIDS GAME: Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner is only 21, and tonight's game will be only the 22nd he has started in the big leagues. But don't expect to see him sweat.

Since coming up in late June, he has pitched more like a veteran than a rookie, including the Game 4 division series clincher.

"For 21 years old, it's impressive how he's carried himself,'' Bochy said.

HOMER HAPPY: With his fifth-inning blast, Josh Hamilton joined Nelson Cruz as the fifth pair of teammates to hit at least five homers each in a single postseason, joining Evan Longoria (6) and B.J. Upton (7) of the 2008 Rays, along with Barry Bonds (8) and Rich Aurilia (6) of the 2002 Giants, Albert Pujols (6) and Larry Walker (6) of the 2004 Cardinals, and Jayson Werth (7) and Chase Utley (6) of the 2009 Phillies.

DH DUTY: With Pablo Sandoval going 0-for-3 as the DH, Bochy may change plans tonight. One option is using Aubrey Huff at DH with Travis Ishikawa playing first; another is Burrell.

MISCELLANY: Bochy said OF Jose Guillen was left off the roster due to a neck injury, and the decision was made before there was word he had been linked to a federal investigation involving shipment of performance-enhancing drugs. … The crowd of 52,419 was the largest in stadium history, surpassing the 51,746 for Game 3 of the division series against the Rays. … The 2:51 game time was shortest since Game 2 in 2001.

Former Tampa Bay Ray Pat Burrell continues to struggle for San Francisco Giants in World Series 10/30/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 31, 2010 1:40pm]
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