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World Series launches Wednesday

AT&T Park

The schedule for this year’s World Series has been released, and it begins Wednesday when the San Francisco Giants host the upstart Texas Rangers at beautiful AT&T Park.

Gametime for Wedneday’s game is 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Cliff Lee is expected to start for the Rangers, with Tim Lincecum slated for the Giants.

Here’s the rest of the schedule:

Game 2, Thursday, AT&T Park, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Game 3, Saturday, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 6:30 p.m. Eastern.
Game 4, Sunday, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 8 p.m. Eastern.
Game 5 (if needed), Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Game 6 (if needed), AT&T Park, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
Game 7 (if needed), AT&T Park, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

It should be an interesting series, if nothing else; the Rangers and the Giants have both suffered through long droughts without a World Series win (in the case of the Rangers, never; in the case of the Giants, since 1954 and never in San Fran), and both have some great storylines. We expect lots of closeups of Rangers President Nolan Ryan in the owners box (sadly, most of the time we saw the shots of Ryan with no mention of the team’s managing partner, Chuck Greenberg, one of the good guys in sports, sitting two seats to Ryan’s right), and we expect lots of discussions about this being the first World Series for the Rangers, dating back to the team’s inception in 1961 as the Washington Senators after the original Senators moved to Minnesota.

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