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  1. Albert Pujols plans to be patient, take walks

    Jeff Caplan

    ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has walked six times, three intentionally, in 11 postseason games. The Texas Rangers walked Miguel Cabrera seven times, twice intentionally, in the ALCS. Pujols is prepared to see plenty of pitches out ...

    Blog | October 19, 2011
  2. Michael Young: What second-guessing?

    Jeff Caplan

    ST. LOUIS -- If fans managed the Texas Rangers, Michael Young would have been hitting ninth, if at all, during the ALCS. As the club's cleanup hitter struggled to produce hits, manager Ron Washington daily brushed off questions about getting Young ou...

    Blog | October 18, 2011
  3. Ron Washington AL repeat: 'Wasn't easy'

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The feat the Texas Rangers accomplished Saturday night had not been done in a decade since a spry Derek Jeter and the mighty New York Yankees were dominating the American League. Back-to-back AL champs T-shirts this week might ...

    Blog | October 17, 2011
  4. Was Adrian Beltre almost an Angel?

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre almost wasn't. "There was already money, contract on the table," Beltre said as he stood on the field, his red Rangers' American League championship t-shirt drenched with ginger ale. "I...

    Blog | October 16, 2011
  5. Josh Hamilton overcomes, hits his stride

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Was that a grin or a teeth-gritting grimace? "Both, baby, both! Both! Both!" Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said, this time flashing a smile brighter than the video board in the left-field wall he crashed into making a ...

    Blog | October 16, 2011
  6. Tigers have bullpen lined up for Game 6

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland on Saturday afternoon first ruled out any chance that ace Justin Verlander could be available to pitch to even a single batter in a potential Game 7. Verlander threw 133 pitches in 7 1/3 innings in the T...

    Blog | October 15, 2011
  7. Matchup: Max Scherzer vs. Derek Holland

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Here we go. Two chances for the Texas Rangers to clinch a second consecutive American League pennant. Do-or-die for the Detroit Tigers. The Rangers roll out unpredictable LHP Derek Holland, who has four complete-game shutouts and ...

    Blog | October 15, 2011
  8. Yorvit Torrealba is ready for moment

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yorvit Torrealba certainly understands how the game is played. When Mike Napoli's bat blew up in the second half of the season, there was going to be a lot fewer days for Torrealba behind the plate. That has been the case durin...

    Blog | October 15, 2011
  9. How will Rangers approach Miguel Cabrera?

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yorvit Torrealba has a pretty good idea how the Texas Rangers will approach AL batting champ Miguel Cabrera in tonight's Game 6 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. "If we have choice, probably put him on first," said Ranger...

    Blog | October 15, 2011
  10. Derek Holland must stay in control of his pitches and his emotion...

    Jeff Caplan

    Derek Holland needs to stay in control of his pitches and his emotions in Game 6.

    Story | Conversation | October 14, 2011
  11. Defensive difference: Cruz lays out, misses

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Why shouldn't Nelson Cruz expect the spectacular? He's hit mammoth home runs and gunned down the go-ahead run at the plate plate. So when Victor Martinez sailed a fly ball that was slicing toward the right-field line, Cruz went for the ful...

    Blog | October 14, 2011
  12. Two grounders, two different results

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Two grounders to third base, one in the top half of the sixth inning and one in the bottom, changed the complexion of Game 5. The only explanation plausible belongs to Rangers manager Ron Washington's mantra: That's how baseball go. "Wh...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  13. Bullpen wrap: Koji Uehera stunned

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- If Koji Uehara believed his manager had lost faith in him after Game 3, a third gopher ball served up in his third postseason appearance Thursday likely sealed his fate. Ron Washington could have given Yoshinori Tateyama the ball in the...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  14. J.D. thinks C.J. will like his market value

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers front office doesn't delve into contract talks during the season to avoid distractions in the clubhouse, but that didn't stop C.J. Wilson's impending free agency to be a top question tossed at general manager Jon Daniels ...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  15. Matchup: C.J. Wilson vs. Justin Verlander

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- The aces are back for pivotal Game 5. The Texas Rangers hope LHP C.J. Wilson can regain his late-season form and, well, the Detroit Tigers would like to see their top gun, RHP Justin Verlander find his shutdown stuff as well. Neither pitch...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  16. Tigers' pen down to Coke and a smile

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland ruled workhorse relievers Joaquin Benoit and closer Jose Valverde out for today's crucial Game 5, a potential damaging blow to Detroit's hopes of staying alive. "Truthfully," Leyland said, "I want to try to ge...

    Blog | October 13, 2011