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“I loved playing there, loved living there,” said Teixeira, who moved to Connecticut last offseason. “I have a lot of friends I’m going to see in Texas. We’ll probably go to dinner tomorrow night. And a lot of tickets to give away, too.”

Rodriguez has been impressed by the Rangers‘ play, which has put them in the ALCS for the first time.

“As you saw last night in the first five innings, they stole three runs,” he said. “Always expect the unexpected with them because they’re overly aggressive, both on the bases, defensively and offensively. They do a very good job of attacking.”

He only saw part of Game 5 against Tampa Bay.

“Then I went to watch a movie,” he said. “`Social Network.’ You should read the book.”

NOTES: CC Sabathia will start Friday night’s opener in Texas, with Phil Hughes now set to pitch Game 2. Andy Pettitte moves back to Game 3 and A.J. Burnett will pitch Game 4 in New York on Tuesday _ his first appearance since Oct. 2. In the first-round sweep of Minnesota, Pettitte followed Sabathia. Hughes started the clincher. … Burnett hit Greg Golson and Austin Kearns with pitches during a simulated game.