Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rangers expect to add lefty to bullpen

ARLINGTON — The Rangers' roster for the American League Championship Series figures to include another pitcher.

Texas plans to go with a seven-man bullpen against the Yankees after using six relievers against the Rays in their five-game division series victory.

"We haven't finalized anything yet, but going into a seven-game series, we definitely intend on carrying 11 pitchers," manager Ron Washington said.

That pitcher is expected to be a left-hander to combat a Yankees lineup that includes left-handed hitters Robinson Cano, Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson.

That figures to pave the way for the Rangers to add Michael Kirkman, Matt Harrison or Clay Rapada.

"We haven't made a decision, so I really can't answer that yet until we get together," Washington said.

The Rangers opted to add Esteban German as a pinch-runner for the ALDS, but he didn't play. They won't have the same need for a pinch-runner against the Yankees now that OF David Murphy is healthy.

The roster doesn't have to be set until 10 a.m. Friday, the morning of Game 1.

WILD BURNETT: A.J. Burnett got on the mound and plunked Greg Golson on an arm. Then he whacked Austin Kearns.

Burnett's simulated game was a hit, twice, as he prepared for his ALCS start.

"It's different when they're our guys. They know I didn't mean to do it. But it's still not a good feeling," the struggling starting pitcher said.

Burnett, who had a 5.26 ERA during the season, was dropped from the rotation for the AL division series against the Twins but will start Game 4 against the Rangers, threw 80 pitches in the simulated game.

It didn't go exactly as Burnett wanted it to.

"At the same time, you see how it works even for our guys. From them on out, nobody wanted to stand up there," Burnett said. "I can use that for my advantage."

ROTATIONS SET: The Yankees changed up their rotation for the ALCS.

LHP CC Sabathia will start Friday night's opener in Texas, with RHP Phil Hughes now set to pitch Game 2. LHP Andy Pettitte moves back to Game 3 and Burnett will pitch Game 4 in New York on Tuesday, his first appearance since Oct. 2.

The Yankees went with Sabathia, Pettitte and Hughes in their division series sweep over the Twins.

The Rangers also set their starting staff for the first four games. Following LHP C.J. Wilson on Friday, they will start RHP Colby Lewis on Saturday in Arlington. LHP Cliff Lee will look to build on his unbeaten postseason record Monday in Game 3 at Yankee Stadium and RHP Tommy Hunter will start Game 4 Tuesday in New York.

Information from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was used in this report.

Rangers expect to add lefty to bullpen 10/13/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Muslim faith greater than fear for Wharton's Rania Samhouri (w/video)


    TAMPA — Rania Samhouri graduated Monday night from Wharton High School, and many times throughout the ceremony she flashed back to a moment that changed her life.

     Rania Samhouri stretches after track practice on Monday April 24, 2017 at Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida. Rania, who is Muslim, recently started wearing her hijab during track competitions. She graduates from Wharton this year and will attend University of South Florida on scholarship next year.
  2. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  3. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  4. Back to .500, Rays feel ready to roll (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Who wants to be mediocre? Middling? Average? Run-of-the-mill?

    Rays catcher Jesus Sucre tags out the Angels’ Mike Trout trying to score from second base after a perfect peg from rightfielder Steven Souza Jr. in the first inning.
  5. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. preserves shutout with perfect throw

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The closest the Angels came to scoring off RHP Matt Andriese in Thursday's 4-0 Rays victory occurred in the first inning, when DH Mike Trout tried to score from second on a single to right. But the throw from RF Steven Souza Jr. was on the money, and Trout was out.

    "That …

    Colby Rasmus collects high fives and shoulder rubs after driving in all four of the Rays’ runs in their victory Thursday. Rasmus had two run-scoring hits a day after hitting a home run.