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World Series notebook: Texas Rangers sit Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2 after two-error game

SAN FRANCISCO — Team president and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan was not happy that Vladimir Guerrero was not in the Rangers lineup Thursday.

It wasn't manager Ron Washington's decision to start David Murphy instead of Guerrero that Ryan was upset with, but instead the MLB rules that have the World Series played under different rules at each site because of the designated hitter.

"I'd like to see it standardized," Ryan said. "I'd do it out of the fact that you manage the game differently when you have a starting pitcher that hits. It's not fair for a National League team to come into an American League park. And we have a person that we've gone out and got for strictly that position as a DH, and they don't have that because they play a different game.

"I'm not in agreement with that. It's a big challenge with the players' association because you would be taking a high-paid player off a team if you did away with the DH. So if you ask me what my preference would be, it would be to eliminate the DH."

Guerrero started in rightfield in Game 1 and made two of the Rangers' four errors. Washington indicated after the game that Guerrero would play Thursday but went with Murphy (who played left and went 0-for-3, with Nelson Cruz in right).

"He's been a big part of our success, and just as I didn't want to sit Vlad for two days, I certainly don't want to sit Murph for two days," Washington said.''

Washington said he would probably handle it the same way if there are Games 6 and 7.

MORE DH: The DH was also a popular topic among the Giants, specifically the choice manager Bruce Bochy will have to make for Games 3-5 in Arlington, Texas.

As much as Pat Burrell would be the obvious choice, Bochy said Burrell's struggles with the role while he was with the Rays have him also looking at Pablo Sandoval and ex-Ray Aubrey Huff.

"(Burrell) has done it and has experience at it, but if a guy is not comfortable doing something, you don't want him in that position," Bochy said. "That's part of our job, putting a player in that position where he's comfortable and can succeed."

WEED watch: Rangers CF Josh Hamilton, who has battled drugs problems, told the New York Post he was a bit surprised at how prevalent marijuana use has been in San Francisco.

"I could smell weed in the outfield," Hamilton said after Game 1. "It was crazy. I was looking at the cops a couple of times during the game."

Trouble for Guillen: Giants OF Jose Guillen was left off the postseason roster after federal authorities informed MLB officials that he was tied to an investigation into shipments of human growth hormone allegedly sent to his wife, the New York Times reported. According to the team, Guillen was left off the roster with a neck injury.

MISCELLANY: Thursday was the first series game scoreless through four innings in five years, since Game 4 between the Astros and White Sox in 2005. … SS Elvis Andrus and Cruz went hitless after getting hits in the Rangers' first 12 postseason games. … The Rangers were shut out only five times during the season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

World Series notebook: Texas Rangers sit Vladimir Guerrero for Game 2 after two-error game 10/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 29, 2010 9:19am]
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