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    NEWSLETTERS

    Newy Scruggs and Matt Barrie say the Texas Rangers will win the World Series in six games. (Published Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010)

    The World Series umpiring crew has two first-timers -- unlike last year.

    Umpires Sam Holbrook and Bill Miller will make their World Series debuts tonight in Game 1 as the Texas Rangers visit San Francisco.

    Rangers in Six: Matt and Newy

    [DFW Texas Rangers] Rangers in Six: Matt and Newy
    Newy Scruggs and Matt Barrie say the Texas Rangers will win the World Series in six games. (Published Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010)

    Holbrook and Miller will be joined by veteran umpires John Hirschbeck, Gary Darling, Mike Winters and Jeff Kellogg.

    MLB officials says Hirschbeck will be the crew chief following World Series appearances in 1995 and 2006. He'll work the plate for the opener, with Holbrook at first, Miller at second, Winters at third, Kellogg in left and Darling in right.

    Rangers Harassed; Trash Talk Begins

    [DFW Texas Rangers] Rangers Harassed; Trash Talk Begins
    Giants fans try to keep the Rangers up late followed by some good-natured ribbing. (Published Wednesday, Oct 27, 2010)

    The six-man crew had included at least one World Series rookie in 24 of past 25 events until last October.

    World Series crews are picked from the pool of umpires who work in the first round of the playoffs. Miller was in the Tampa Bay-Texas series and Holbrook did the Cincinnati-Philadelphia matchup.

    This is the third postseason with video review -- it is used solely to determine whether balls are home runs.