IN BRIEF: Rowand boosted by Series experience with Sox
Updated: November 6, 2010 8:04AM
ARLINGTON, Texas -- He was forced to pack up his memories of the 2005 World Series faster than any of his White Sox teammates -- getting shipped to the Philadelphia Phillies less than a month later in the Jim Thome trade -- but Aaron Rowand never packed away that gaudy World Series ring.
''I look at it all the time,'' said Rowand, an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, who are playing the Texas Rangers in the 106th World Series. ''Once you do it one time, you get the itch to want to do it again. Nobody can ever take it away from you when you get it. To be able to play for another one, it's something really special.''
Another ring remains on the line for Rowand, but he's not getting much of a chance to play.
There was a chance for his first start in this World Series in Game 4 on Sunday, with a spot opening in the outfield after struggling Pat Burrell was benched. But Giants manager Bruce Bochy moved Nate Schierholtz into the outfield mix.
Rowand, 33, did make a big contribution, belting a two-run triple as a pinch hitter in Game 2. Surprisingly, he didn't have all that many butterflies during his first at-bat of the 2010 World Series.
''The experience of playing in the World Series previously helped,'' said Rowand, who hit .294 (5-for-17) during the 2005 World Series. ''I wasn't up there nervous to all get-out like I was for my first World Series at-bat.
''I've noticed going through this a second time that I'm not coming to the field and being surprised by what I see or what you're asked to do. You kind of expect the excitement in the ballpark. You kind of get a feel for how it's going to be before you get here. The first time you come through, you don't know, so it's all new.''
Like many Sox fans, Rowand was surprised his old team didn't build off that 2005 World Series run.
''I thought they were going to get back,'' he said. ''They had a great team. You have to have a lot of luck. You can have all the talent in the world, but there is some luck involved in getting to the World Series and winning it.
''Look at all the great teams in San Francisco, with all of the talent they had, the Hall of Famers, and never won a World Series. They probably had a lot more talent than this team has, but you have to have some luck, too.''Sitting Pat
Bochy insists Burrell, who was 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in the first three games of this Series, will return to the lineup for Game 5 tonight.
''He admits that his timing is off a little bit,'' Bochy said of Burrell. ''It shows you that his timing is off. He's not a guy that strikes out a lot. He has a good eye up there; he's just not quite seeing the ball as well.''On a Cliff
The Giants poked a hole in the mystique of Rangers ace Cliff Lee, who suffered his first career postseason loss in Game 1. Lee will return to the mound tonight in a rematch against Giants ace Tim Lincecum.
Lee insists his confidence hasn't been rattled since being chased after allowing seven runs (six earned) and eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
''I expect to have success every time I take the mound,'' Lee said. ''Sometimes the best go down, sometimes the worst teams win, and that's why you go out there and play the game.
''I know what it was: I was throwing balls over the heart of the plate. I wasn't working ahead in the count as well as I would like. You know, I hit a guy on an 0-2 pitch, I walked a guy. Those are the things I don't need to do, especially in the World Series.''