Washington says Rangers relaxed, ready

Washington says Rangers relaxed, ready

ST. PETERSBURG -- Rays manager Joe Maddon had the Rolling Stones playing in his clubhouse, going with "Start Me Up." Rangers manager Ron Washington kept his music confined to his office.

"I had a little Bobby Womack and a little Johnny Taylor," Washington said. "But then people started flooding in and I had to turn it off."

Washington was planning to meet with his team before Game 1 on Wednesday but wasn't planning on a long speech.

"I really don't have anything planned," Washington said. "Just go from the heart ... short and sweet. Let's go."

Asked about the Rangers mood on Wednesday, Washington said, "When I walk through the clubhouse, I can tell when it's relaxed and when it's not. I don't see any change in their attitude or demeanor.

"Now it's a matter of going out and playing our type of baseball. The main thing I tell them is maintain your confidence."