Manager Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers pitches to his players during batting practice.
It's workout day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, after the New York Yankees extended the American League Championship Series with a 6-2 win over the Rangers yesterday.
The Rangers remain one win away from their first AL pennant and will have Colby Lewis on the mound against Phil Hughes Friday night. Lewis picked up the victory in Game 2 after the Rangers rocked Hughes for seven runs in four-plus innings.
Cruz said he definitely expects to play Friday night. "I should be playing," Cruz told MLB.com. "They took me out because they don't want to take any more risks. I told them I'm ready to play."
More than 300 fans greeted the Rangers at DFW Airport at around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
"The second we landed we saw those flashing cameras," said Michael Young. "They were going crazy, it was pretty sweet."
Players couldn't believe the homecoming reception.
"It's unbelievable, we haven't even won yet," said Josh Hamilton. "I guess they're happy be took two out of three at Yankee stadium, and they're excited we're back in town and they get to see it one more time."
Ranger faithful at the airport say they're ready to see the team win at home.
"They're going to close it out on Friday," said Rangers fan Jason Claxton. "I feel it, I know it, they're going to the World Series, it's going down."