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  1. Ron Washington will watch skies closely

    Jeff Caplan

    ST. LOUIS -- With the ominous forecast of rain hanging over Wednesday night's Game 6, Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said he wants Major League Baseball to make a decisive call if the radar reveals a threat of rain delays. In that case, Wash...

    Blog | October 25, 2011
  2. Game 3: Rain, rain go away?

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- A beautiful Saturday morning greeted North Texas and clear to partly cloudy skies will remain throughout the day. However, the forecast changes tonight. The National Weather Service calls for a 50 percent chance of showers toni...

    Blog | October 22, 2011
  3. Pitchers to get first Albert Pujols experience

    Jeff Caplan

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was a time this season when baseball people snickered that St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols picked a bad time to have a bad season. After all, he'll become the game's most coveted free agent this winter. P...

    Blog | October 18, 2011
  4. 2011 Fall Classic: Rangers vs. Cardinals

    Jeff Caplan

    And so it's all set: The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Game 1 of the World Series is Wednesday night from Busch Stadium in the heart of downtown St. Louis. It'll be the Rangers' top gun C.J. Wilson (0-2, 8.04 ERA) against the Cards' a...

    Blog | October 16, 2011
  5. 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
  6. 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
  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. 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
  9. Defensive difference: Two cannon balls

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Two huge late-game throws propelled the Texas Rangers to victory in Wednesday's Game 4. In the eighth inning, right-fielder Nelson Cruz preserved a 3-3 tie with a rocket throw to catcher Mike Napoli, who had time to brace for an impendi...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  10. 2011 ALCS -- Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit won't pitch for Detroi...

    Jeff Caplan

    Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that closer Jose Valverde and setup man Joaquin Benoit will not be available out of the bullpen Thursday in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Texas Rangers.

    Story | Conversation | October 13, 2011
  11. C.J. Wilson looks for rhythm in a clinch

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Texas Rangers No. 1 starter C.J. Wilson got more questions about his impending free agency on Wednesday, but right now the eclectic left-hander has bigger fish to fry. Wilson, who inherited the No. 1 mantle when Cliff Lee left town, has...

    Blog | October 13, 2011
  12. Nelson Cruz is having series for the ages

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Nelson Cruz and his Boomstick are going where few men have gone before. In Game 2, he became the first player in postseason history to hit a walk-off grand slam. His 11th-inning smash won Game 2 for the Texas Rangers. In Wednesday's Gam...

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  13. A big test for evolving Matt Harrison

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Matt Harrison will pitch in the biggest game of his life this afternoon. Game 4 of the American League Championship Series can either push the Texas Rangers to a commanding 3-1 lead or the Detroit Tigers can gain the tie and the momentu...

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  14. Defensive difference: Tigers turn key DP in 1st

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- Much like the Detroit Tigers in Games 1 and 2, the Texas Rangers failed to take advantage of a golden scoring opportunity in the first inning of Tuesday's Game 3 on the Tigers' turf. Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton all singl...

    Blog | October 12, 2011
  15. Bullpen wrap: Faith lost in Koji Uehara

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- With heavy eyes and a soft voice, beleaguered Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara sounded like a man who doesn't expect to pitch again in the postseason. "I have to say there's no confidence from the dugout, from Wash," Uehara said, expl...

    Blog | October 11, 2011
  16. Matchup: Colby Lewis vs. Doug Fister

    Jeff Caplan

    DETROIT -- The Texas Rangers turn to the old man of their staff and their rock of the postseason, RHP Colby Lewis. The 32-year-old was stellar last season and he answered concerns heading into this postseason with a dandy performance in Game 3 of the...

    Blog | October 11, 2011