ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: (2nd from L) Manager Ron Washington #38 of the Texas Rangers visits the mound during a pitcher change in Game One of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 8, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Another close playoff game, another Ranger win. Texas is up 1-0 in the American League Championship Series. I"ll take it.
Jeff Wilson writes in his game story that the Rangers had to overcome the rain, and lean heavily on their bullpen after a pair of rain delays, to pull out the 3-2 victory.
T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about the importance of Texas taking Game 1.
Richard Durrett's "rapid reactions" to yesterday's game is at the ESPN Dallas blog.
Evan Grant writes behind the paywall that Alexi Ogando has been the Rangers' best pitcher in the postseason.
Gil Lebreton's column talks about the rain and the bullpen.
Randy Galloway questions why C.J. Wilson was allowed to return to the mound in the fifth inning after the first delay while crediting Alexi Ogando with a job well done after he logged two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Nelson Cruz had a big home run yesterday, after struggling through the ALDS and then watching film of his swing during the break between series.
Cruz's homer yesterday was his seventh postseason home run, breaking the team record set by Juan Gonzalez.
Jeff Caplan writes that Wilson got a key out in the fifth inning despite his struggles, setting the stage for Mike Gonzalez to close out the inning after the second rain delay.
The S-T's notes talk about Yoshinori Tateyama making the playoff roster, Robin Ventura being hired as ChiSox manager, and Darren Oliver's future.