IN BRIEF: Injured DeRosa says not playing breaks his heart
BY CHRIS DE LUCA Sports Editorfirstname.lastname@example.org
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Each of the last three years, Mark DeRosa has been a key player on teams that looked like locks for deep postseason runs, only to be swept out of the first round -- in 2007 and '08 with the Cubs and last season with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He's finally in the World Series this season with the San Francisco Giants but off the roster because of left-wrist problems that limited him to 26 games and eventually required a second surgery in June.
''I'm just trying not to get in the way, let these guys have fun and keep playing well,'' DeRosa said before Game 3 of the World Series. ''I'm kind of speechless about it.''
DeRosa speechless- Hard to imagine that from one of the most talkative players in baseball. During the Series, DeRosa can be spotted hanging over the front rail of the dugout, a few seats down from manager Bruce Bochy, keeping the chatter constant.
''It has been kind of a wave of emotions for me,'' DeRosa said. ''Obviously, the woe-is-me plays into it a little bit, but that kind of went out the window with the way this club has played and the way we've come together as a team, and I'm just kind of enjoying the ride, being around. I'm kind of feeding off these guys. But, yeah, I would be lying if I said it doesn't break my heart to not play. It does.''
DeRosa, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract before the season, hardly is staying out of the way. Instead, he continues to work the clubhouse like he's still an everyday player.
''DeRo's one of the best teammates, one of the best guys that you could hope to ever play with,'' said Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand, one of the clubhouse leaders of the White Sox' 2005 World Series-winning team. ''I know this season didn't go the way he wanted with injuries, but he has been there for everybody all season long. He's there now. He's a team leader. He's a clubhouse leader. And he's a leader on the field.''
Bring on the DH
A shift to the Texas Rangers' home stadium meant the designated hitter made its debut in the 106th World Series.
The Rangers returned Vladimir Guerrero, who struggled in right field during Game 1, to the lineup in his regular DH spot. The Giants used Pablo Sandoval, who didn't play in the first two games.
Lee on hold
With his team trailing 2-0 entering Game 3, Rangers manager Ron Washington insisted he had no conversations Saturday afternoon with ace Cliff Lee about starting Game 4 today on short rest.
Tommy Hunter remained the Rangers' scheduled starter, and Lee was scheduled to start Monday in Game 5. Washington did say ''there's a chance that anything could happen.''
Lee has never pitched on three days' rest and is coming off his first postseason loss, lasting just 4 2/3 innings in Game 1.
GAME 1 Rangers 7 Giants 11
GAME 2 Rangers 0 Giants 9 GAME 3 Giants 2 Rangers 4 Giants lead series 2-1 GAME 4 Giants (Bumgarner 7-6) at Rangers (Hunter 13-4) 7:20 tonight
GAME 5 Giants at Rangers 7:20 p.m. Monday
GAME 6 Rangers at Giants 6:57 p.m. Wednesday*
GAME 7 Rangers at Giants 6:57 p.m. Thursday*