Tommy Hunter has started warming up, and a few more on-field ceremonies need to take place before the first pitch of Game 4 of the World Series. One of the ceremonies is the presentation of the Hank Aaron Award to Joey Votto of the National League and Jose Bautista of the American League. Yes, Hank Aaron is at Rangers Ballpark.
Yet another pregame moment is the ceremonial first pitch thrown out by George W. Bush with his father by his side.
Due up for the Giants: Andres Torres, Freddy Sanchez, Aubrey Huff.
The Rangers didn't change a thing for Game 4 with San Francisco pitching another left-hander. The Giants, though, have changed things up quite a bit. Pat Burrell, the King of Strikeouts, is on the bench. He's been a gaping hole in the Giants' lineup this postseason.
Rangers lineup vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner: Elvis Andrus, ss; Michael Young, 3b; Josh Hamilton, cf; Vladimir Guerrero, dh; Nelson Cruz, lf; Ian Kinsler, 2b; Jeff Francoeur, rf; Bengie Molina, c; Mitch Moreland, 1b.
Giants lineup vs. RHP Tommy Hunter: Andres Torres, cf; Freddy Sanchez, 2b; Aubrey Huff, dh; Buster Posey, c; Cody Ross, lf; Juan Uribe, 3b; Travis Ishikawa, 1b; Edgar Renteria, ss; Nate Schierholtz, rf.
With the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars at 12 noon CDT on Sunday, fans planning to drive to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington should be advised that there heavy congestion in the area between approximately 3:00 and 4:30 p.m, when traffic is exiting the Cowboys Stadium lots. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington lots before 3:00 p.m. or after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
I may have deflated some Rangers fans with numbers after Game 2. Maybe these numbers will inflate you a little.
The team that is up 2-1 in a World Series is 41-40 in Game 4, so it's basically a coin flip tomorrow. Of the teams that were up 2-1 and won Game 4, 35 of the 41 have gone on to win the World Series. So maybe the Rangers really do need to win Sunday.
The Rangers are the first team to win their World Series home debut since Toronto won Game 3 of the 1992 World Series.
Nelson Cruz now has the record for most extra-base hits in a postseason with 12. Seven players had 11.
Neftali Feliz is the second-youngest player to record a save in the World Series. Bob Welch is the only younger player, doing it in 1978 for the Dodgers. Feliz moved ahead of Nolan Ryan, who had a save in the 1969 Series for the Mets.
Tomorrow will be the fourth time in the last seven years a World Series game has been played in the same city as an NFL game on the same day. The Rangers and Giants play Game 4 at Rangers Ballpark. Some other team plays across the street at noon.
Neftali Feliz nailed down the first postseason save of his career, and Colby Lewis won his third straight postseason start by allowing two runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Rangers won Game 3 of the World Series 4-2.
Mitch Moreland hit a three-run homer and Josh Hamilton had a solo shot for the Rangers, who now trail the best-of-seven-series 2-1. Tommy Hunter will start Game 4 for the Rangers. Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the Giants, who got solo homers from Cody Ross and Andres Torres against Lewis.
Neftali Feliz is jogging in from the bullpen to close out Game 3 of the World Series and get the Rangers back in the best-of-seven series. The Rangers had a base runner with two outs in the eighth as Nelson Cruz reached on an error, but Ian Kinsler struck out on three pitches to end the inning.
The last time Feliz was on the mound, he retired the Yankees in order in Game 6 of the ALCS. He struck out Alex Rodriguez to send the Rangers to their first World Series.
Due up for the Giants: Burrell (0 for 3, 3 Ks), Ross (1 for 2, HR, RBI, BB), Uribe (0 for 3).
The Rangers will take at least a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning. Colby Lewis allowed another solo homer in the eighth and then hit Aubrey Huff on an 0-2 curveball two batters later to end his night. He allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Darren O'Day entered to face Buster Posey, who represented the tying run, and got the Rookie of the Year candidate to ground out on a full-count pitch. Neftali Feliz is warming and will pitch the ninth inning. The Rangers' Rookie of the Year candidate hasn't pitched since Game 6 of the ALCS.
Due up for the Rangers: Hamilton (1 for 3, HR, RBI), Guerrero (0 for 2, BB, CS), Cruz (1 for 3, 2B, R).