ARLINGTON, Texas -- No one needs to remind Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington or his players about the importance of closing out games.
They got a firsthand dose of it in Game 6 of the World Series. And to their credit, after a month or more of stewing about it and pondering the "what ifs," they put it behind them and moved on.
But if they want to get back to the World Series and win it this time, it won't just be the versatile offense or deep starting pitching that gets them there. They'll need that bullpen to shut things down and hold slim leads.
Right away, a few hours into the 2012 season, that bullpen was put to the test. It passed, getting nine final outs Friday to preserve the Rangers' 3-2 win over the Chicago White Sox.
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