10/10/10 12:05 PM ET
Washington doesn't regret bullpen moves
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rangers add Wilson to bullpen for Game 4
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers began the American League Division Series with six relievers in the bullpen. They are adding a seventh reliever for Game 4 on Sunday at the Ballpark in Arlington.C.J. Wilson. Manager Ron Washington said Wilson, who was the starter and winner in Game 2, is available as a reliever for Game 4. That gives the Rangers three left-handers in the bullpen on a day when right-hander Tommy Hunter is pitching against a Rays lineup that will be stacked with six left-handed hitters. Wilson pitched 6 1/3 innings in a 6-0 victory over the Rays on Thursday, throwing 104 pitches. He was a reliever for four years before moving into the rotation this season. "If we have to use him for anything, we will use him," Washington said.
Washington stands by Feliz as Texas closer
ARLINGTON -- If the Rangers need a closer on Sunday, manager Ron Washington made it clear that it will still be Neftali Feliz.Washington is standing by his rookie closer even though he has had some shaky moments in his first two appearances in the playoffs. Feliz has faced nine batters and allowed five to reach base on three walks and two hits, including a home run in Game 3 by Carl Crawford. "His head is fine," Washington said. "You've got to experience this stuff. We talk about a great ballplayer in Alex Rodriguez. It took him three years in New York before he started doing it in his fourth year. Feliz is our guy, he has got to go through it. It's not going to be all of a sudden he's not our closer because he has been erratic. It's your job, you've got to do it. If you don't, we've got to live with it. "I see a kid who is pumped up and trying to get the job done. The adrenaline may be pumping a little harder but I don't see any nervousness."
Rangers stick with Murphy, Molina as starters
ARLINGTON -- David Murphy was back in left field and Bengie Molina was behind the plate for Game 4 for the Rangers with Rays right-hander Wade Davis on the mound.Murphy, who had been dealing with a strained left groin muscle, was 1-for-3 in Game 3, the first time he has played since Sept. 29. With the Rangers leading, 2-1, Murphy was replaced on defense late in the game by Julio Borbon. "Murphy is good," Washington said. "He came out of that game feeling good with no problems. I just wanted to make sure I had young legs out there late." As far as Murphy for Sunday, Washington said, "I just think I want to get as much offense in there as I possibly can." Molina is starting for the third time in four games. Matt Treanor started in Game 2 and Molina caught Game 3. "Molina got a good look at them yesterday," Washington said. "My gut tells me Molina is the guy. He got a good look at them and he's a big-time catcher."
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.