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Rangers profess calm as rain halts title bid

Texas’ Michael Young, left, and Ian Kinsler practice early in the day, but predicted rains did arrive later.

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Texas’ Michael Young, left, and Ian Kinsler practice early in the day, but predicted rains did arrive later.

ST. LOUIS — Colby Lewis and his Texas teammates casually tossed a ball in leftfield, trying to avoid the tarp and any anxiety about being so close to the World Series championship. On this day, the only winner was the weather.

Game 6 was postponed Wednesday because of an accurate wet forecast, delaying the Rangers' bid to clinch their first championship. Ahead 3-2, they can close out the Cardinals tonight, when it's likely to be clear and in the low 50s.

"We're not getting antsy, we're not getting ahead of ourselves. We just have to wait," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Lewis is set to start against Jaime Garcia. If there's a Game 7 Friday, it'll be Matt Harrison for Texas against, well, no telling. St. Louis manager Tony La Russa hasn't made an announcement yet, but he could go with ace Chris Carpenter on three days' rest.

"It's already been asked about Carp," La Russa said. "I was told by Carp that he would be ready to go."

The postponement came after a travel day. This two-day gap is the longest at the World Series since 1989, when an earthquake in the San Francisco Bay area left the Athletics and Giants idle for 11 days.

"It's just a rainout, that's it," Texas star Michael Young said. "I don't know if people think we're going to sit in our hotel rooms all night biting our nails. We're going to get something to eat, get some rest and be ready to go."

Major League Baseball announced the decision about 4½ hours before the scheduled first pitch. At the time, no drops had fallen at the ballpark.

By late afternoon, a light mist turned to drizzle and then to steady rain. MLB executive Joe Torre said he alerted Washington and La Russa on Tuesday that a postponement was possible. Rain was in "every forecast we had probably for the last three days," Torre said.

Rest is good: Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton hasn't homered since Sept. 23, a stretch of 19 games and 79 at-bats. That includes all five games against St. Louis in the World Series.

Wednesday's postponement gave Hamilton a chance to rest his ailing groin. He is tired of discussing the injury but said he'd be ready for tonight.

"I hit in the cage, threw in the outfield, got some treatment on things," he said. "We've figured out some things that will help, allow me to be able to be more aggressive and in less pain."

Upping their value? For Albert Pujols, Edwin Jackson and C.J. Wilson, the future is now. Every time they get a hit or make a key pitch during this Series, their accomplishments are being noted by general managers and scouts throughout the majors.

Less than a week after the postseason's final out, they'll be on the free agent market, and their performances under the highest pressure will help determine their worth.

"Postseason value leads to the idea that you can accomplish more for a franchise above your performance levels than you would anticipate," said Scott Boras, who represents Jackson.

Cubs make hires: GM Jed Hoyer and assistant Jason McLeod are leaving the Padres to accept similar positions in the Cubs' front office. Because Hoyer was under contract, the Cubs agreed to send the Padres a player to be named as compensation. The Padres will announce Monday that Josh Byrnes will replace Hoyer as GM. The Cubs will introduce Hoyer as GM and McLeod as senior vice president of scouting and player development at a date to be determined.

Yankees: Team officials, originally scheduled for two days of organizational meetings in Tampa, dispersed after one 6½-hour session, New York's Newsday reported. GM Brian Cashman's contract expires Monday, but he and the team have said a new deal will be in place before then. No announcements were made Wednesday.

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