Originally posted on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth  |  Last updated 10/10/11
The inclement weather that postponed Sunday's Game 2 of the ALCS was also in full effect during Saturday night's Game 1. With Game 1 through four innings before the rains came, both Ron Washington and Jim Leyland were forced into an uncomfortable position for a big-league manager, especially when that situation comes in such a big game. Washington's handling of his pitching after C.J. Wilson was forced from the game in the fifth inning because of a second rain delay was the reason the Rangers were able to hold on and win the opener, 3-2, and get a pivotal win over the Tigers ace/Cy Young lock/MVP candidate Justin Verlander. The one mistake Washington might have made was bringing Wilson back after a 45-minute delay, but that's a 50-50 proposition. Wilson just wasn't crisp after the layoff, and really didn't have his plus stuff until the fourth inning when he struck out the side before the delay. But after what Washington did with his bullpen, no one could've questioned him about ...
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