Rangers hold pair of meetings before Game 7

Rangers hold pair of meetings before Game 7

Rangers hold pair of meetings before Game 7
ST. LOUIS -- Rangers manager Ron Washington met with his players briefly after their 10-9 loss in Game 6 on Thursday night and had another before Game 7.

"It's not rah-rah, it's just matter-of-fact," Washington said. "This is what we've played for all year, and the prize is within our reach. We've bounced back from tough defeats before. Last night was tough, and we'll bounce back. We'll still have fun and play our game."

Washington talked to the players, then they went around the room, and a number of players, including Michael Young, spoke up, psyching each other up and getting each other ready for the game.

"Last night was very exciting, a lot of highs and lows," Washington said. "People got to see two champions going after it. We didn't quit, they didn't quit, they just got the final blow."

Washington said everybody but Colby Lewis would be available in the bullpen, including Derek Holland who threw 23 pitches in relief in Game 6. But Washington said C.J. Wilson will likely be the first guy out of the bullpen behind Matt Harrison.

Washington's biggest concern in the bullpen is Alexi Ogando, who was so effective in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Ogando has struggled in the World Series, allowing four runs on seven hits and seven walks in 2 1/3 innings. He faced two batters in Game 6 and walked them both.

"He just wasn't able to throw the ball in the strike zone," Washington said. "The numbers said he had good velocity. He just wasn't commanding the baseball."