- Associated Press - Saturday, October 22, 2011

ARLINGTON, TEXAS (AP) - The Texas Rangers aren’t likely to swipe a win from Kyle Lohse at the World Series.

Lohse is set to start Game 3 for the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night with the teams tied at 1-all. He is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in two postseason starts this year. He’s given up a lot of runs, but no one has run on him much.

Just three players have tried to steal with Lohse on the mound this season. Nyjer Morgan and Rickie Weeks were thrown out by catcher Yadier Molina. The lone player to make it was Eric Fryer _ a rookie catcher for Pittsburgh. Fryer swiped second with backup Gerald Laird catching and that’s his only career stolen base.

“It’s a pretty low number,” Lohse said Friday. “To go through 30 starts with only three guys attempting, it makes it easier for you to concentrate on executing the pitch when you don’t have to worry about being super quick to the plate.”

Lohse gave credit to Molina, a three-time Gold Glove winner with a strong arm.

“I’m already quick, but when he’s back there, you don’t have to worry about it much,” he said.

Lohse also praised Molina’s pitch calling.

“I think maybe I’ve shook him three times this year, and I think two of those I gave up hits,” he said.


THE REST OF THE DAY: Texas star Josh Hamilton got himself a much-needed day off from the World Series.

Rangers manager Ron Washington told his ailing outfielder to stay home Friday while the team worked out. Hamilton is trying to get as much rest as possible for the groin strain that’s lately robbed him of his power.

Game 3 is Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark. Texas and St. Louis are tied at 1-all.

Last week, the Rangers had an optional workout before Game 6 of the AL championship series and Hamilton used that as another day of at-home recovery.

Hamilton has yet to hit a home run in 48 at-bats during this postseason. Yet he was still able to muscle a fly ball deep enough in the ninth inning of Game 2 to produce a sacrifice fly that drove in the tying run.

Washington could save some of the wear and tear on Hamilton’s legs by using him strictly as a designated hitter. But that’s not going to happen. It’s worth noting that Hamilton’s range in the field has been fine. He made a terrific catch crashing into the left-field wall, saving at least a run and maybe two, plus ending a Detroit rally in Texas’ cinching win in Game 6 of the ALCS.

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