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October 27, 2011

World Series Game 6 Rangers pregame notes: Going all-in tonight

Here are a few pregame notes before the Rangers take on the Cardinals in Game 6 of the World Series with a chance to win the franchise's first World Series title.

* Ron Washington didn't have any changes overnight to his plans going into Game 6. Derek Holland is available out of the bullpen, and Matt Harrison remains in line to start a potential Game 7. But the Rangers are focused on tonight, of course, and trying to win the series as soon as possible. "If we have an opportunity to put it away tonight, nobody will be sitting around," Washington said, referencing the availability of every player.

* Holland could be used for more than one inning, and could also pitch if the Rangers are trailing. Washington isn't going to limit Holland to only pitching in a game that is tied or the Rangers are winning. "We'll shoot him whenever we have to shoot him," Washington said.

* C.J. Wilson's status for Game 6 is unknown. Washington wasn't sure if he'd be able to use Wilson, who threw 108 pitches on Monday.

* Washington said he felt great going into Game 6, the first time in his career he's had an opportunity to win a World Series title. Washington had a conversation with Joe Torre, and remembered how Torre managed the Yankees during their title runs in the 1990s.

* Washington appreciates Rangers fans making the trek up to St. Louis. He has seen several in town, calling it: "Awesome."

-- Drew Davison

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