Saturday a.m. Rangers things

Mar. 15, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton in the dugout in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Another Rangers spring loss -- a 4-2 loss against the Dodgers -- and its time to panic if you care about spring training records.

Evan Grant has his game report from yesterday's game.

Master Tesfatsion's post-game writeup focuses on Tanner Scheppers, who had two shutout innings without a hit allowed.

Behind the paywall, Grant writes that David Murphy has his best shot of winning a starting job this spring, and it has nothing to do with what he does.

Tim Cowlishaw thinks that it makes no sense for Josh Hamilton not to be the team's starting centerfielder in 2012.

Mike Napoli says his goal is to catch 100 games in 2012. I'm guessing he'll catch fewer than that.

Anthony Andro ranks the #1 starters in the A.L. West, with the Rangers, not surprisingly, not faring so well, ranking third, behind Seattle and Anaheim.

Sullivan has a story on a contingent of Rangers players going to Las Vegas this weekend to play a pair of games, while the remainder of the team stays in Arizona to play.

MiLB.com has a Q&A up with Mike Olt, who has opened eyes with his play this spring.

Over at ESPN Dallas we have the "Surprise Six" from yesterday.

Sullivan's notes include items on Scott Coolbaugh's observations on Ranger hitters, Mike Napoli returning to the lineup, and Colby Lewis and Joe Nathan throwing in a minor league game yesterday.

Drew Davison's notes include stuff on Yu Darvish pitching from the stretch and concerns about whether the weather in Las Vegas will allow the Rangers to get two full games in this weekend.

The S-T has a Q&A with Mark Lowe.

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