ARLINGTON TX - OCTOBER 22: Bengie Molina #11 and Neftali Feliz #30 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 6-1 in Game Six of the ALCS to advance to the World Series during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2010 World Series, Rangers Vs. Giants: Starting Rotation Schedules And Roster Updates

The Rangers and the Giants are getting set to kick off the Fall Classic on Wednesday evening, but before the games get started, they'll each have to figure out if they're going to make any changes to their starting rotations and playoff rosters. In this StoryStream, we'll keep you updated on those issues. Also, be sure to check out more at Lone Star Ball and McCovey Chronicles.

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Rangers Add Mark Lowe To World Series Roster, Remove Clay Rapada

Hours before Game 1 of the World Series, the Rangers have made the decision to add right-handed pitcher Mark Lowe to their roster. To make room, they've removed left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada. The move makes sense from a match-up perspective, since the Giants have a lot of right-handed hitters in their lineup. Further explanation is offered by our Rangers blog, Lone Star Ball:

[T]he Rangers were really fired up about Lowe in September, and I thought he was going to end up on the ALDS roster.  Rapada had been added to the ALCS roster for the purpose of shutting down Robinson Cano, and given that Rapada didn't do that, and the Giants don't have a real lefty-heavy group, he figured to be dropped.

Lowe, a five-year veteran, has a 5.40 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched this season. Though left-handed batters have hit .305 against him throughout his career, he's held righties to a .223 mark.

For more on the Rangers, check out SB Nation's Rangers blog, Lone Star Ball.

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Barry Zito To Be Left Off Giants World Series Roster

The Giants haven't yet handed in their official World Series roster, but according to Andrew Baggarly, when they do that early Wednesday, they're going to turn in the same roster they used in the NLDS against the Braves and the NLCS against the Phillies.

What does that mean? Most notably, it means that Barry Zito will again be inactive. There was some discussion that Zito might be added and a reliever like Guillermo Mota might be removed, but ultimately, Bruce Bochy has decided to stick with what's worked.

In other news for the Giants, Madison Bumgarner has been confirmed as the Game 4 starter behind Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez. Bochy could always opt for Lincecum on short rest if he finds that his team is in trouble, but Bumgarner has been effective so far in the playoffs and has absolutely earned the trust of his teammates and coaches.

And finally, the team expects that Andres Torres will be good and ready to go for Game 1. In the unlikely scenario that Torres doesn't feel right, Edgar Renteria will lead off, and Aaron Rowand will play center field. But Torres should be good, meaning he'll play center and lead off like usual.

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Tommy Hunter To Start Game 4 For Rangers; Vladimir Guerrero To Start In Right Field

It's been presumed, based on some quotes and educated guesswork, that Tommy Hunter would be the Rangers' Game 4 starter in the World Series, and that Vladimir Guerrero would get an opportunity in the outfield during games in San Francisco. And now, courtesy of T.R. Sullivan, we have confirmation:

The Texas Rangers starting rotation for the World Series will be: Game 1 - LHP Cliff Lee, Game 2- LHP CJ Wilson, Game 3 - RHP Colby Lewis, Game 4 - RHP Tommy Hunter.

Vladimir Guererro will definitely start Game 1 at AT& T Park as the right fielder. He may also start Game 2, but that has not yet been decided.

Hunter gets the nod over lefty Derek Holland, who was a distant candidate after turning in some strong work out of the bullpen. Hunter has struggled in his two postseason starts, while Holland has excelled in relief. But Ron Washington has opted against switching both of their roles, and likely prefers to have Hunter's right-handedness start against the Giants' predominantly right-handed lineup anyway.

As for Guerrero, this is going to be an experiment. Washington likes having Guerrero's bat in the lineup. However, Guerrero has been a regular designated hitter, and doesn't move very well anymore. So Game 1 will be a test. If he handles right field, he'll get the start again in Game 2. If he struggles, then David Murphy will slide in, and Guerrero will come off the bench.

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Tim Lincecum To Start Game 1 As Giants Line Up World Series Rotation

In what most certainly counts as "unsurprising", Bruce Bochy has revealed his World Series Game 1 starter. That starter? None other than ace Tim Lincecum, who also opened both the NLDS against the Braves, and the NLCS against the Phillies.

Lincecum will technically be working on three days' rest after making a brief relief appearance in the eighth inning of Game 6 on Saturday night. However, he hasn't started a game since Thursday, October 21, and has always been said to have an arm requiring very little recovery between appearances. So Lincecum should be all set and good to go opposite Cliff Lee.

Behind Lincecum, Bochy has decided to start Matt Cain in Game 2 and Jonathan Sanchez in Game 3. Cain last started on October 19, and will be on eight days' rest. But then, he was on ten days' rest prior to throwing his seven shutout innings against the Phillies, so that shouldn't be a concern. Sanchez will be on six days' rest for Game 3, although it's worth noting he also only threw 51 pitches in his most recent start.

So it'll be two righties for the Giants to kick off, and a southpaw in the third game. There's not yet any word on who will start Game 4. Odds are it'll be Madison Bumgarner, but Bochy could opt to go with Lincecum on short rest if the Giants are in dire need.

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Colby Lewis Expects To Start World Series Game 3

Coming into the workweek, the Rangers' World Series rotation was mostly worked out. Cliff Lee's going to start Game 1. Game 2 would go to C.J. Wilson or Colby Lewis, and Game 3 would go to the other. And Game 4 would go to Tommy Hunter or - less likely - Derek Holland.

So how about those middle two games? Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Rangers have had Wilson start in front of Lewis, and from the sounds of things, that's how it's going to go again in the World Series. Says Lewis:

Host/Bill Pidto: "Ron Washington hasn’t determined whether it is going to be you or C.J. Wilson in Game 2.  At what point do you feel like you want to know when you are going to start?"

Colby Lewis: "Um, I think it was, I don’t know if it was announced yesterday or not but I’m almost positive I’m going to be going in Game 3, so, first game back here. 

So it'll almost certainly be Lee, followed by Wilson, followed by Lewis, followed by Hunter. There's no telling why Ron Washington prefers this setup, but it's possible he kept the starters in the same order because he prefers the right-handed Lewis to the left-handed Wilson in Texas' smaller ballpark.

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2010 World Series, Rangers Vs. Giants: Starting Rotation Schedules And Roster Updates

The Rangers and the Giants are getting set to kick off the World Series on Wednesday evening, but before the games get started, they'll each have to figure out if they're going to make any changes to their starting rotations and playoff rosters. In this StoryStream, we'll keep you updated on those issues. (Click here for the complete World Series schedule.)

Texas Rangers

There's no mystery regarding what the Rangers are going to do in Game 1, with regard to their starting rotation - they're going to go with Cliff Lee. Lee was prepared to start Game 7 of the ALCS and is fully rested entering his second World Series in a row. He's their ace, and he's the guy they'll look to in order to get off on the right foot.

Behind Lee, it's a little more up in the air. The second and third starters will be C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis. What remains to be decided is which will go when. The probably is that it will be Wilson, and then Lewis, as it has been through the first two rounds of the playoffs, but they could swap places.

And as for the fourth starter, Ron Washington is deciding between righty Tommy Hunter and lefty Derek Holland. Hunter has been ineffective through two starts so far, while Holland has shined out of the bullpen. However, Hunter remains the odds-on favorite, as Washington likes the certainty of their roles. As Evan Grant writes:

While Hunter has been shaky, the Rangers know what to expect from Holland coming out of the bullpen. If the Rangers switch roles, they feel there is more possibility they could get shaky performances from both pitchers.

As far as the overall playoff roster is concerned, there won't be much changing. But as the Giants feature fewer left-handed threats at the plate than the Yankees, the Rangers are leaning towards dropping one of Clay Rapada and Michael Kirkman - southpaw relievers - in favor of Dustin Nippert or Mark Lowe - right-handed relievers. Nippert and Lowe would improve the righty depth in the bullpen, although Nippert was generally ineffective this season, and Lowe missed a ton of time with a herniated disc. His stuff is electric, but his health is unreliable and his availability is unpredictable.

San Francisco Giants

The Rangers have had a little extra time to think about all this. The Giants only just clinched a World Series berth on Saturday, and so their picture is fuzzier. It isn't even certain whether Tim Lincecum will get the nod in Game 1, opposite Cliff Lee, as Matt Cain is rested and ready to go.

The probability is that Lincecum will start the series, but as of right now, we can't be sure. All we can be sure of is that San Francisco will start Lincecum, Cain, Jonathan Sanchez, and Madison Bumgarner in some order. Bruce Bochy says he and his staff will evaluate everything over the coming two days before making any final decisions.

As such, we also can't really try to predict any changes to the roster. One injury note is that center fielder Andres Torres has a hip flexor injury, sustained while sliding into first base Saturday night, but his roster spot isn't in jeopardy, as the injury is minor and he's in line to start in Game 1.

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