ARLINGTON, TX: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers reacts after making the last out of the third inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has blessed the world, nearly five hours before the first pitch of Game 4 of the 2011 World Series, with his lineup against St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Edwin Jackson:
1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
2. Elvis Andrus (R) SS
3. Josh Hamilton (L) CF
4. Michael Young (R) DH
5. Adrián Beltré (R) 3B
6. Nelson Cruz (R) RF
7. David Murphy (L) LF
8. Mike Napoli (R) C
9. Mitch Moreland (L) 1B
Only one real change of note, as Mitch Moreland gets a nod instead of Yorvit Torrealba, who got the start against right-hander Kyle Lohse in Game 2 even though he's a right-handed batter.
What else is Ron Washington going to do? Well, he could move the gimpy Josh Hamilton -- who hasn't hit a home run in a month -- down in the lineup, or out of it completely. He could push David Murphy and Mitch Moreland up in the lineup one spot apiece, just to break up the right-handed hitters and make Tony La Russa's job just a tiny bit more difficult.
But Ron Washington doesn't do things like that. Ron Washington does things like this: