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Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee hoped to face Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him

SAN FRANCISCO — LHP Cliff Lee is happy to here in the World Series with the Rangers.

But he sure made it sound Tuesday like he would rather have still been in Philadelphia.

Lee finished last season with the Phillies but was traded in the offseason to Seattle then to Texas during this season. And his feelings about being dealt surfaced when asked about watching the Phillies get beat in the NLCS.

"I pulled for a lot of those guys, but it's weird, when a team gets rid of you, you kind of like seeing them lose a little bit," Lee said. "I know that's weird, but part of me wanted them to win where I could face them in the World Series, too. It would have been a lot of fun. You'd like to think that they need you to win type of stuff, when that's really not the case.

"When a team gets rid of you, it's funny how you have a knack for stepping up a little more when you face them. There's a little more incentive to beat them, and that's definitely the case with me watching the game. I was in between. I didn't want to have to face them or want to have to face the Giants. I let that series play out, and I pulled for those guys individually, but I didn't mind seeing them get beat, either, just because they got rid of me. That is what it is."

Lee also had some words for the Yankee Stadium fans who were hassling the Rangers family members, including his wife, Kristen, but he said it wouldn't impact any potential destination decision he makes as a free agent. Plus, he said, "They're at home right now."

LAST TIME: Rangers C Bengie Molina, 36, said he is planning to retire after the Series. "I'm not saying for sure, something can happen in the winter and it can get worked out, but as for now, yes," he said.

TO THE RIGHT: With no DH for the first two games, the Rangers have to shuffle their usual lineup. Tonight, they'll put usual DH Vladimir Guerrero in rightfield, an assignment that is a bit trickier due to the odd design and angles of AT&T Park. Rangers manager Ron Washington said it was "an easy decision" — with Nelson Cruz going to leftfield and David Murphy to the bench — because of the impact Guerrero can have with his bat.

MISCELLANY: Lee is the first pitcher to start consecutive Series openers since Jack Morris in 1991 (Twins) and 1992 (Jays). … The Giants have the homefield advantage because the NL won the All-Star Game. … Neither team announced final rosters.

Around the majors

PLAYOFF EXPANSION: The new players' union head said members are open to adding wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven. Union head Michael Weiner said players might agree to cutting the regular season from 162 games.

WRITER DIES IN FIRE: Bill Shannon, a historian, author and official scorer at Yankees and Mets games for decades, died in an early morning house fire in West Caldwell, N.J. He was 69. Neighbors rescued Shannon's 92-year-old mother, Mildred, through the front door.

METS PICK GM: The Mets selected Sandy Alderson to be their general manager and could make an announcement Friday, SI.com reported.

CUBS: Ryne Sandberg will not be part of manager Mike Quade's staff.

D'BACKS: Manager Kirk Gibson named ex-Tigers teammate Alan Trammell bench coach, Charles Nagy pitching coach, Don Baylor hitting coach and Eric Young first-base coach.

NATIONALS: Manager Jim Riggleman will return in 2011. The team notified him it would not buy out the second year of the deal he signed before last season.

YANKEES: Manager Joe Girardi is expected to receive a three-year extension for about $3 million annually, SI.com reported.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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