Rangers to start Jorge Cantu at 1B

ARLINGTON, Texas -- First baseman Jorge Cantu will start Friday night's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. It will be Cantu's first action since Game 1 of the ALDS.

"They got two left-handers," said Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, referring to Sabathia and Game 3 starter Andy Pettitte. "We have to get him geared up."

Cantu, who will bat ninth, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his lone postseason appearance.

Rookie Mitch Moreland, a lefty, will start Saturday's Game 2 against Yankees righty Phil Hughes.

Washington started Moreland (3-for-15 in ALDS) in Game 5 despite facing tough Rays southpaw David Price. Washington didn't rule out sticking with Moreland in Game 3, but he wasn't ready to commit beyond the first two games. Still, Washington knows Yankee Stadium favors left-handed hitters.

"Against Andy Pettitte, I'm going to get as many of our righties in there as I can," Washington said. "The only lefty you may see [outside of Josh Hamilton] if I decide not to put Cantu in there is Moreland."

Jeff Caplan covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.