ARLINGTON -- Manager Ron Washington announced that Derek Holland would be the Rangers' Game 2 starter in the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. That leaves Colby Lewis for Game 3 and Matt Harrison for Game 4 at Comerica Park in Detroit. Washington announced his rotation after Friday's workout and confirmed that Harrison will be available out of the bullpen for the first two games. "The same way it was in the first series, I like C.J. [Wilson] and Holland back-to-back," Washington said. "That's what I did in the first round and it worked, so that's what I'm going to do in the second round."
The Rangers waited to learn their opponent before announcing their rotation. One possibility is because Lewis has been better on the road than at home. He was 5-5 with a 5.54 ERA in 15 starts at the Ballpark in Arlington, compared to 9-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 17 starts on the road. Washington suggested he's more enamored with Lewis' experience in handling a hostile atmosphere on the road during the playoffs, rather than concerned about how he'll pitch in Texas. "I have no qualms about pitching Colby anywhere," Washington said. Lewis was 0-1 with a 15.95 ERA in two starts against the Tigers this season, allowing 13 runs on 20 hits and four walks. "It doesn't matter if you're pitching against the Tigers, the Yankees or the Red Sox, you still have to get them out," Lewis said. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he will start Justin Verlander in Game 1, followed by Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello. "They are certainly loaded with starting pitching, but so are we," Holland said. "You can't sell us short. We have been pitching all year and we did a pretty good job. It all comes down to execution." "It's a matter of doing the same thing all year and who makes the least mistakes," Harrison said. "We have to execute our pitches, keep it close and hand it over to our bullpen. If we do that, we can take this series."