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October 17, 2011

Monday's Rangers workout notes: C.J. Wilson named Game 1 starter

Here are a few notes from the Texas Rangers workout on Monday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark.

* C.J. Wilson will start Game 1 of the World Series. He started Game 1 for the ALDS and ALCS, although he has struggled in three postseason starts. He's 0-2 with an 8.04 ERA, allowing 16 runs (14 earned) on 21 hits with eight walks and 17 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings. Manager Ron Washington remains confident in Wilson, and believes he will fare better in the World Series.

* The rest of the rotation hasn't been set, although Derek Holland, Colby Lewis and Matt Harrison will be the four starters. Holland or Lewis will start Game 2 with the other starting Game 3, and Harrison starting Game 4.

* Washington and the Rangers have re-visited the eight-man or seven-man bullpen for the World Series. They went with an eight-man bullpen for the ALCS, and a seven-man (carrying a third catcher, Matt Treanor) in the ALDS. With National League rules, an extra position player might be viewed more valuable, especially with how the Rangers have used their bullpen.

* Reliever Mark Lowe threw live batting practice Monday, and is a candidate to make the World Series roster. Washington said the team is looking over it's options. There has been only one reliever who has struggled throughout the postseason, though, and that's Koji Uehara. Uehara has a 33.75 ERA, allowing five runs, including three homers, on five hits over 1 1/3 innings.

* Washington will stick with the same lineup going into the World Series. Nelson Cruz remains in the seven-hole, and Michael Young will bat cleanup. All playoffs, Washington said he wasn't going to try and fix a lineup that wasn't broken.

* Official game times have yet to be announced by Fox, but it's presumed that every game will start at about 7:05 p.m. CT.

-- Drew Davison

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