ARLINGTON -- All the Texas Rangers need to do is finish one game ahead of Detroit to wrap up home-field advantage for the American League Division Series.
With only four games remaining, that's clearly within the Rangers' reach.
But on Saturday, a day after clinching the American League West for a second consecutive season, the Rangers weren't overly preoccupied with the No. 2 playoff seed.
No. 1 on the list of priorities is getting the roster ready for the postseason.
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Regular position players are going to get days off, Saturday's post-celebration lineup notwithstanding; starting pitchers will see their workloads reduced; and a handful of relievers will audition for two spots in the first-round bullpen.
The work started in Saturday's 7-3 victory over Seattle and will continue until the regular season wraps up Wednesday at Anaheim.
"I'm getting to get a few guys some rest," manager Ron Washington said. "The bottom line is what I've got to do for my team. I want to win as many games as I can, but I'm not going to do it at the expense of us getting to the playoffs still fatigued."
Of the position players who figure to be in the lineup for the playoff opener, seven had the day off against the Mariners only some 12 hours after wrapping up the West celebration late Friday.
Washington said he will field lineups that will be competitive, especially if the Angels are still in the wild-card mix. But the Rangers will be a rested group heading into the postseason.
"We won a division, and it wasn't easy," Washington said. "It was a grind, and the guys I depended on every day were out their every day. For us to go further, they've got to be mentally ready. A day here and a day there isn't going to hurt anything."
Rangers players, who got ample rest last September and prevailed in the ALDS without home-field advantage, seemed to agree with their manager.
Home-field advantage would be great, but it's a luxury item at this point.
"Judging by what happened last year after we clinched, the coaching staff is going to prioritize setting up the pitching staff and getting guys a little bit of rest," outfielder David Murphy said. "We're comfortable with whoever we put out there. The lineup on Day One of the postseason might not be the lineup up you see for the last four games."
The Rangers have decided that C.J. Wilson will start the first game of the ALDS. Though Washington didn't reveal the other three starters, the Rangers might have showed their hand Saturday when they removed Alexi Ogando after only two innings of his final start of the season.
He could be headed to a spot in an eight-man bullpen, which he said last week would be not be an issue, with Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and Matt Harrison joining Wilson in the rotation.
Though likely to be limited to no more than five innings, Wilson said the starting pitchers can both find a way to stay sharp and keep the Rangers in games.
"You can stay sharp during a bullpen or a simulated game," said Wilson, who will make his final regular-season start Monday. "We need to win as many games as we can in order to get that home-field advantage. We'd rather play at home if the scenario worked itself out that way."
The bullpen, a question mark in the 2010 postseason, should be a strength this year though two spots are up for grabs. Scott Feldman, Yoshinori Tateyama, Darren O'Day and Michael Kirkman -- all competing for the postseason roster -- pitched in relief of Ogando.
Neftali Feliz, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, Darren Oliver, Mike Gonzalez and Ogando likely have secured their spots in a bullpen that could start protecting a lead as early as the seventh inning.
"I think we're a very solid group," Adams said. "I feel if the starters give us six solid innings, I think we can take it from there and put up some Ws."
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