ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have announced their pregame ceremonies for Games 3 and 4 of the World Series: For Game 3, current Rangers president and all-time Major League strikeout leader Nolan Ryan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to former Rangers catcher and 13-time Gold Glove recipient Ivan Rodriguez. Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem before the 5:57 p.m. CDT start, the earliest start time for a World Series game in more than 20 years. "God Bless America" will be performed during the seventh-inning stretch by actress/singer Martha Plimpton, who has appeared in more than 30 films and recently received her third Tony nomination. The colors will be presented by the City of Arlington Police and Fire Department Color Guards. A flyover of four F-16's from the 301st Fighter Squadron of the Fort Worth Naval Air Station will follow the national anthem. Rangers Hall of Famer Rusty Greer will accompany Jamara Hogan of the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington and the B&G Clubs National Youth of the Year, to deliver the first game ball to the mound. Sunday's Game 4 will start at 7:20 p.m. CDT. The 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush, will perform the first-pitch ceremonies. President Bush, who was the Rangers' managing general partner from 1989-94 and a member of the team's ownership group from 1989-98, will be accompanied by his father, the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Ryan will catch the first pitch. Four-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Texas icon Lyle Lovett will sing the national anthem. United States combat veterans 4 Troops will perform "God Bless America." Wearing the historic uniforms of the U.S. Cavalry, the 1st Cavalry Division Honor Guard from Fort Hood and the 301st Air Force Honor Guard from Ft. Worth will present the Colors of the United States of America. Rangers Hall of Famer Tom Grieve will accompany Don Mitchell of the Boys and Girls Club of Dallas to deliver the first game ball to the mound. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington parking lots will open six hours before the start of Games 3 and 4 with the Ballpark gates opening three hours prior to first pitch. In addition to the Rangers' normal parking lots, the Cowboys Stadium Lots 4 and 13 parking lots, located at the corner of Randol Mill Road and Legends Way, will be open for cash parking on Saturday.
All cash parking for World Series games is priced at $20.
Rangers to benefit from Vlad's bat in Game 3
ARLINGTON -- Vladimir Guerrero will be back in the lineup for Game 3 with the World Series resuming in the American League city and the designated hitter being used again.Guerrero started in right field in Game 1, going 1-for-4, and did not play in Game 2 at AT&T Park. He will be the designated hitter with Jeff Francoeur in right, Josh Hamilton in center and Nelson Cruz in left. The Rangers were shut out by the Giants in Game 2 without Guerrero in the lineup. "Of course, you miss Vlad's bat," manager Ron Washington said. "But we've played games all year where Vlad wasn't in there, and we won. The way Matt Cain was throwing last night, it wouldn't have mattered who was in that lineup. We didn't score any runs. And if I knew beforehand that if I put Vlad up in there that he would drive in three or four runs, I would have done it. "We didn't get it done, and more than anything else, it was Matt Cain. I'm not looking back on that. That was my lineup, and I expected that lineup to go out there and win, and for a while we hung in that ballgame until they blew it open late." Washington also said Bengie Molina will be back behind the plate and Mitch Moreland will remain at first base with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on the mound for the Giants.
Wilson won't let blister keep him from next start
ARLINGTON -- C.J. Wilson said the blister that forced him out of Game 2 of the World Series will not prevent him from making his next start."I'm more concerned about our team winning Game 3 than my finger," Wilson said. Wilson left the game in the seventh inning when the blister popped and started bleeding. Wilson put some surgical glue on the finger on Friday and expected to be good to go if the Rangers can extend the Series. Wilson would likely start Game 6. "It's something that heals quickly," said Wilson, who has been dealing with the blister all season. "But once it starts bleeding on the mound, you can't stop it." He can also get in trouble for having surgical glue on his finger during the game. It could easily be interpreted as a foreign substance, but trainer Jamie Reed said Wilson usually uses the glue only on days when he is throwing on the side between starts in the bullpen. Giants manager Bruce Bochy, known as a stickler for the rules, was asked about the glue on Friday. "I really don't have any comment on that," Bochy said. "I know pitchers have done it before, but I don't have any comment on it." Wilson joked he could use the blood to his advantage. "I'm going to learn to throw a spitball in the offseason," Wilson said. "I could pitch more effectively with blood on my finger. A bloodball."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.