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October 07, 2011

Friday's Rangers notes: Holland named Game 2 starter

Here are a few notes from the Rangers workout day on Friday at Rangers Ballpark.

* Derek Holland will start Game 2 following C.J. Wilson. Manager Ron Washington liked what the Wilson-Holland combination did in the ALDS vs. Tampa Bay, and saw no reason to change it. "Keep it the way we had it," Washington said.

* With Detroit having all right-handed starters, the Rangers plan to go with their standard lineup against right-handers. That means David Murphy will start in leftfield, Mitch Moreland at first base, Mike Napoli at catcher and Michael Young at DH. Things could change, of course, but that's the plan for now. Washington said Endy Chavez could be used in late-inning roles, as well as Craig Gentry.

* The team is still debating whether to go with a seven or eight-man bullpen. If they go with a seven-man, as they did in the ALDS, they would carry Matt Treanor as the third catcher. If they go with an eight-man, the two top bullpen candidates are right-handers Darren O'Day or Yoshinori Tateyama.

* The lineup will remain the same with Michael Young as the cleanup hitter, and Adrian Beltre batting fifth. Washington doesn't see a reason to try and fix something that isn't broken.

-- Drew Davison


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