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MUSICAL MOJO: Rangers manager Ron Washington had two glorious things awaiting him on his desk when he returned to Rangers Ballpark on Friday.

The AL championship trophy. And “The Best of Soul Train,” a boxed set of DVDs.

“Thank (team broadcaster) Eric Nadel for the Soul Train tapes, and thank the players in that clubhouse for the trophy,” Washington said.

So, which did he prize the most?

“Soul Train,” he said, laughing. Then Washington did his best Don Cornelius imitation and roared, “Sooooouuuuuuuulllllllllll Train!”


CEREMONIAL LINEUP: The Texas Rangers have announced a pitching rotation featuring Dirk Nowitzki, former President George W. Bush, Nolan Ryan, Roger Staubach and former Rangers left-hander Kenny Rogers.

Nowitzki, Bush and Staubach will throw out the ceremonial pitches before Games 3, 4 and 5 of the World Series. Ryan will catch Bush’s toss, and Rogers will receive from Staubach. Rangers star Michael Young will be Nowitzki’s catcher.


RATINGS REPORT: Texas’ 2-1 victory in Game 2 on Fox on Thursday night got an 8.9 rating and 14 share, up 5 percent from the 8.5/14 for San Francisco’s 9-0 win over the Rangers in the second game last year. It marked the first time in four years that Game 2 received a higher rating than the opener.

Through two games the Series is averaging an 8.8/14, up 1 percent from an 8.7/15 last year.