Here are a few pregame notes before the Texas Rangers take on the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of the 107th World Series at Busch Stadium.
* Nelson Cruz is batting sixth, swapping places with Mike Napoli. Manager Ron Washington believes this move will give Cruz more protection, as Napoli has better plate discipline with the pitchers spot two batters away. And Washington said he isn't a fan of changing things game-to-game, so this will likely stay the same the entire series.
* Washington had tough conversations with right-handed relievers Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama, letting them know they would not make the World Series roster. Uehara has struggled all postseason, and Tateyama was used minimally in the American League Championship Series. Washington said both players took the news with "class."
* Mark Lowe is fully healthy and ready to join the Rangers. Washington said he has thrown well in live batting practices, and is ready to return.
* Catcher Matt Treanor was added to the roster to give Washington more versatility in how he can use catchers Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba. With pinch-hitters being at a premium in the National League parks, Washington likes that flexibility.
* The Rangers have been predicted by several to be the heavy favorites to win the World Series. While Washington appreciates the outside perception, he said that it will be won or lost between the lines.
* Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki was on a list the Rangers sent Major League Baseball as potential first-pitch candidates, but MLB has opted not to use him for a first-pitch. MLB has yet to release a statement why Nowitzki won't be used.
-- Drew Davison