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Grant: Rapada on the roster to face Cano

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There was some discussion during the game about why Clay Rapada, of all people, was brought in to face Robinson Cano in the 8th inning, and I suggested that that one matchup may have been why Rapada was put on the ALCS roster.

Evan Grant, in his post-game piece that talks about the bullpen meltdown and questions whether the Rangers can recover from this, confirms that this is the case:

The Rangers turned to Rapada, idle for the ALDS , to face Robinson Cano. Rapada was added to the roster expressly to face Cano and manager Ron Washington had admitted as much before the game.

I guess the Rangers felt, for whatever reason, that Cano would be particularly vulnerable to a lefty sidearmer.  It didn't work tonight, though.