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October 25, 2011

Rangers Tuesday's off day notes: Lewis ready to go; Gentry to start Game 6

Here are a few notes from the Texas Rangers off day on Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

* Colby Lewis is excited for the chance to close out the first World Series title for the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. He never envisioned himself in this situation when he headed to Japan four years ago, and then signed with the Rangers before the 2010 season. But he's here now, and ready to go. "We definitely want to get it done as soon as possible," Lewis said.

* Michael Young will start at first base for the Rangers in Game 6 and 7, if necessary, Ron Washington said. Craig Gentry will start in center field in Game 6 with Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia starting, as Josh Hamilton will shift to left and David Murphy will begin the game on the bench. "

* Cardinals manager Tony La Russa reiterated that there was a communication error when he called the bullpen in Game 5, as the team didn't have the right relievers ready to face Mike Napoli. "The phones are preventable, it's my fault for not handling it better and making sure," La Russa said. "All I had to do was lok in the bullpen, repeat to make sure."

* La Russa said Albert Pujols has earned the right to put on a hit-and-run, and that's what he did in the seventh inning in Game 5. "It has everything to do with what Albert has earned as far as his understanding of the game," La Russa said. "I turst Albert, and he put it on yesterday."

* Washington issued three intentional walks to Pujols in Game 5, and made it clear that'll be his strategy going forward. He compared Pujols to Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. "You can blame Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera for my intentional walks," Washington said, smiling.

* Matt Harrison will start Game 7 for the Rangers, regardless of a potential weather delay. As far as the possibility of postponing the game, Washington said: "You don't wnat to sit down. We're here to play baseball. But we want to make sure the conditions are correct and if we have to wait a day, then we have to wait a day. But if it's at all possible we play, I want to play."


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