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STARTERS ON DECK: Rangers manager Ron Washington announced Tuesday that Colby Lewis will start Game 2 on Thursday night. He’ll go against the Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia.

The rest of his World Series rotation is still to be determined, but Washington felt comfortable pitching Lewis after Game 1 starter C.J. Wilson because that’s the way it’s been most of the year.

“He’s rested, he’s ready to go, he’s been throwing the ball extremely well,” Washington said. “With him and C.J. back to back, it worked all year, and we finally got back to that one-two punch.”

Lewis allowed one run over six innings in a 4-3 win over Tampa Bay in their division series, but gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings in the ALCS last week against Detroit.

Garcia went 13-7 with a 3.56 ERA in the regular season, but has struggled in three postseason starts. The left-hander gave up all three runs in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies, allowed six runs in four innings against Milwaukee in the NLCS opener and scattered seven hits over 4 2-3 innings in Game 5 against the Brewers.

“You have to remember that he’s young, and there are times when he has an issue that he’s learning how to make the adjustments,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “But right now he’s plenty good enough, and he’s pitched very well, especially in our park.”

La Russa said that Kyle Lohse will likely take the mound when the series shifts to Texas for Game 3, and Edwin Jackson will go for the Cardinals in Game 4.

“But that might change when we talk a little more,” La Russa said.


ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Texas is starting the World Series on the road for the second straight year.

Before the winner of the All-Star game started determining which league would host Game 1, home-field advantage for the World Series alternated between the American and National leagues.

Under the old rules, Texas would have hosted at least one opener over a two-year period.

“I’ve never been a big fan of it, even when the American League was winning all those years in a row,” Rangers first baseman-DH Michael Young said. “An exhibition game that happens in July, with about 95 percent of the guys who aren’t even in (the World Series), dictates where it’s played. I have a tough time wrapping my arms around that.”

Ron Washington of the Rangers was the AL All-Star manager this year, and C.J. Wilson _ who starts Game 1 for Texas on Wednesday night _ was the losing pitcher.

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