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Ron Washington makes it clear: Rangers will stay with Matt Harrison in Game 7

Oct 24, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit Reuters

There’s some doubt about whether Tony La Russa will stick with Kyle Lohse as the Cardinals’ starter if the World Series goes to Game 7, but Ron Washington left no doubt about who’ll get the nod for the Rangers:

It’s Harry’s game. I’m going to stay consistent. That’s Harry’s game. Matt Harrison earned it. You think Derek Holland earned his start last night if you want to talk about struggles? That’s the way we roll.

Matt Harrison struggled in Game 3, failing to make it out of the fourth inning while the Cardinals got to him for five runs, but allowed two runs over five innings in each of his two previous playoff starts. And if things get to a Game 7 the entire bullpen will be available, including perhaps Derek Holland for an inning or two.

  1. Kyle - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    You can see why his players love the guy. “That’s the way we roll,” love it.

  2. frankvzappa - Oct 24, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Washington is great. This is the first time my rooting interest has been decided by the coaching staff, rather than the players. You have to love Washington, and of course, how could I not be rooting for Mike Maddux, being a cousin to the great Frank Zappa?

  3. txnative61 - Oct 25, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    Have to think it starts at the top with Nolan Ryan. Who knows better than he how a pitcher should be treated? “That’s the way we roll” indeed, with loyalty and class!

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