ST. LOUIS -- The Rangers needed warm clothes, but didn't get a big speech from manager Ron Washington before they played Game 6 of the World Series on Thursday night.The Rangers are up, 3-2, and need one more victory to win the first World Series title in club history. Washington said he doesn't need to remind his players about what's at stake. "We as a group understand who we are, what's at stake and what we have to do," Washington said. "You can't get anxious and do stuff we haven't done before. There's nothing going to happen that we haven't experienced before. Just play the game that is in front of you." Washington said he hasn't had a team meeting since early June, when the Rangers lost three of four to the Twins in Minnesota. That was the series when Washington pulled shortstop Elvis Andrus from a game because he didn't like his effort on a particular play. "I told them we didn't play our type of baseball and I didn't like our body language," Washington said. "I told them that's not us. I didn't have to make a rah-rah speech, just get back to playing Texas Rangers baseball and those who don't want to play Texas Rangers baseball, raise your hands and we'll get you out of here." Temperatures could get in the low 40s on Thursday, but the teams took batting practice in the sunshine one day after Game 6 was postponed because of inclement weather. It never rained heavily in St. Louis on Wednesday, but both managers felt the postponement was the right decision. "You don't want to be playing, then stopping and starting," Washington said. "Especially when you consider the importance of the game for both ballclubs ... you want to be able to start the game and then finish it." As for the potential cold weather on Thursday, Washington said, "The cold is not a factor. [Cardinals pitcher] Jaime Garcia will be a factor, not the cold."
Looking to clinch, club won't hold anyone back
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington isn't certain if Game 5 starter C.J. Wilson is available for relief duty in Game 6. Wilson has had two days off, but threw 108 pitches in a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals on Monday.Derek Holland is in the bullpen on Thursday, Washington said. Holland threw 116 pitches in a 4-0 victory in Game 4 and is now ready to be used in relief. Colby Lewis is scheduled to start. "We'll use him in whatever way we have to use him," Washington said. "We're expecting Colby to go out there and give us a solid outing, so hopefully we don't need everybody," reliever Mike Adams said. "But just in case, we're going to have everybody back to full strength, and we'll be ready to go." Wilson will almost certainly be available for Game 7, if necessary, on Friday. But Washington isn't going to hold anybody back for Game 7 if they are needed in Game 6. "I'm not worried about tomorrow," Washington said. "If we get a chance to put this away tonight, nobody is going to be sitting around and watching."
Kinsler hot on the road in postseason
ST. LOUIS -- Ian Kinsler may have had trouble hitting on the road earlier this season, but that hasn't been the case in the playoffs.Kinsler went into Game 6 of the World Series hitting .385 on the road with a .500 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging percentage in this year's postseason. Over the past two years, Kinsler is hitting .356 on the road in the postseason, the seventh best average all-time for players with at least 15 games and 50 at-bats on the road. His .424 on-base percentage ranks 11th and his .576 slugging percentage ranks 18th. Three Hall of Famers lead the three categories. Paul Molitor hit .476, Lou Gehrig had a .525 on-base percentage and Babe Ruth had an .851 slugging percentage. Entering Game 6, Kinsler has hit safely in his last 11 postseason road games. During the regular season, Kinsler hit .214 on the road, the fourth lowest in the American League. However he finished strong, hitting .282 with a .342 on-base percentage and a .611 slugging percentage in his last 24 road games.
Beltre makes Sporting News All-Star team
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre on Thursday was named to the Sporting News American League All-Star team. Beltre was the only Rangers player named to the annual team.Beltre hit .296 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs in 124 games while missing over a month in the second half of the season with a strained left hamstring. His .561 slugging percentage ranked third in the American League and he was sixth in RBIs. He was also selected to play in the All-Star Game for the second straight year. The Sporting News All-Star teams were selected in a vote of 55 Major League front-office officials, 26 from the American League and 29 from the National League.
The Rangers went with the lineup they were planning on for Game 6, with Craig Gentry in center, Josh Hamilton in left and Mike Napoli at first base. The Rangers have committed multiple errors in two of their last three games. Prior to that, they had two-plus errors in two of their first 38 postseason games.
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.