Washington stands by Feliz as Texas closer

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."