Rangers' Hunter, not Lee, set for Game 4 start
Saturday, October 30, 2010; 11:37 PM
ARLINGTON, TEX. - The Texas Rangers' win in Game 3 on Saturday night apparently put an end to any speculation that they would use ace Cliff Lee on short rest in Game 4. Rangers Manager Ron Washington said after Game 3 that it would be Tommy Hunter, not Lee, in Game 4.
"As far as I was concerned, Tommy Hunter always had the start tomorrow," Washington said. "He will start tomorrow."
But Washington didn't sound quite so sure before Game 3, when he responded to a question about the possibility of throwing Lee in Game 4, if the Rangers were trailing 3-0, by saying, "Well, there's a chance that anything could happen. That's hypothetical. We'll deal with it if it happens."
Bochy: Probe no factor
Is it possible Cody Ross's postseason heroics for the San Francisco Giants would have never happened if teammate Jose Guillen had not been the reported target of an investigation into a shipment of human growth hormone? Not according to Giants Manager Bruce Bochy.
Prior to Game 3 of the World Series, Bochy said the Giants had planned to start Ross ahead of Guillen in right field in the postseason, even before the investigation was brought to their attention. According to Bochy, Guillen, who was the Giants' regular right fielder down the stretch, was left off the playoff roster because of a lingering neck injury.
"It was a baseball decision, that's what it was," Bochy said. "Cody was swinging the bat very well. More than anything, it was evident that Guillen, who had some neck issues, was trying to be a warrior, but wasn't performing quite like he could [at full health] because of the neck issue. So, no, Cody was going to be on the roster and start in right field."
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Guillen, formerly of the Washington Nationals, was the subject of a federal investigation into a shipment of HGH sent to Guillen's wife in the Bay Area.
Bochy declined to comment on the investigation.
Ross has led the Giants this postseason with a .317 batting average and 1.136 OPS entering Saturday night's Game 3, and he had hit four of the team's eight homers.
Ex-Nat Bacsik on hand
Former Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik was in the stands Saturday night, as he has been for every Rangers home game this postseason. A lifelong Rangers fan and Arlington area resident, he also pitched in 2004 for the Rangers - the same organization for which his father, Mike, pitched from 1975 to '77.
Bacsik, best known for surrendering Barry Bonds's 756th career home run in 2007, has been out of baseball since 2008. He said he is finishing up his degree at the University of Texas-Arlington but also said he is contemplating a return to pitching.
"Being around here during the postseason has really inspired me. In fact, I threw a bullpen [session] this afternoon," he said. "I'm still only 32, and I'm kicking around the idea of getting back in the game. I might go pitch for an independent team around here next summer, and see if I can catch someone's eye."