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Rangers prepare lineup to go against RHPs

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's odd that in a seven-game series a team wouldn't have a left-handed starter. But the Tigers don't. So that means the Rangers will get their left-handed bats in the lineup.

Look for David Murphy in left field, Josh Hamilton in center and Nelson Cruz in right. Michael Young would be the DH and Mitch Moreland the starting first baseman.

Manager Ron Washington can mix and match from there and said Endy Chavez could see some time late in games as a pinch-hitter or defensive replacement.

But because of the right-handed heavy Tigers pitching, the need for three catchers is diminished. The Rangers liked to put both Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba in the lineup against lefties with Torrealba as the DH. That's where having the third catcher helped. But with no lefties, the Rangers can afford to carry another pitcher and not have the third catcher on the bench. They are still sorting through whether to do that and have until 10 a.m. Saturday to decide.

But if they do carry an extra pitcher, Darren O'Day and Yoshinori Tateyama would be leading candidates with Michael Kirkman as another possibility.