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June 21, 2013

Rangers on their return to St. Louis

There aren’t many fond memories of St. Louis for the Rangers. That’s the site of the crushing loss in the 2011 World Series.

The Rangers were a strike away twice in what would have been a series-clinching Game 6 but let it slip away. They then lost Game 7 and will return for the first time this weekend.

“I have good memories; I have bad memories,” said Nelson Cruz, who couldn’t track down a deep fly ball that would have won the series in Game 6. “Let the bad ones go away.”

Said Elvis Andrus: “You’re always going to go back and think about it, but it’s in the past. Everybody has kind of healed from that series and now it’s just another game during the season.”

Ron Washington said he wouldn’t have any “flashbacks” to the gut-wrenching series, but David Murphy said it’d be hard not to think about it when he sets foot again in Busch Stadium.

“The natural reaction and thought process is to think they’re going to be negative thoughts, but I’m going to remember some of the greatest baseball that I ever witnessed on that field,” Murphy said. “Things didn’t turn out the way we wanted to when we played in 2011, but there was some great baseball played there.”

For a couple Rangers, though, it’ll bring back positive memories. Lance Berkman and Kyle McClellan each have World Series rings as they were part of the ’11 Cardinals.

McClellan wasn’t on the World Series roster because of an injury but certainly played a pivotal role on the team by winning 12 regular-season games as a fill-in for Adam Wainwright.

“It’s definitely exciting to go back there,” McClellan said. “Even though I wasn’t on the World Series roster, I had a huge part in us doing that. We got in the last day, and if it wasn’t for one win I don’t get, we’re not in.”

-- Drew Davison

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