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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.

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