Thursday morning Rangers things

March 27, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (25) gets high fives from teammates after hitting his second home run of the game against the San Diego Padres at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE


Last night was the final tune-up game, and Jeff Wilson has the game story up, with the focus being on Yu Darvish's dominant four inning, sixty pitch stint.

The DMN has a game report from yesterday's game. writer (and former scout) Bernie Pleskoff has a column on Yu Darvish and Robbie Ross.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers and Ian Kinsler are trying to work out the financial details on a contract extension where the parties have agreed on the length of the deal, just not the dollars.

Sullivan has a story on the Rangers' rotation, and how Darvish being added to the pitchers in place gives the Rangers what could be a remarkably strong and deep rotation from #1 to #5. Thinking about it, if the pitchers on the Rangers staff meet expectations, the guy pitching on Opening Day could be the team's fifth best starter...and that's not intended as a knock on Colby Lewis.

Anthony Andro has a piece on how Darvish is in good shape to start the season, having improved from the beginning of spring training through yesterday's performance.

Gerry Fraley, never one to pass up a negative angle if there's one available, has a story about how the Rangers were "scared to the bone" by Darvish's early performances, but that Greg Maddux, Mike Napoli, and Yorvit Torrealba helped Darvish get back on track.

Evan Grant participated in a chat session yesterday with other A.L. West writers about the coming season.

Sullivan has a story on Colby Lewis taking the mound on Opening Day, and if you want to know why he is getting the nod, read this quote from Ron Washington:

"He's a veteran with experience who goes out there and gives you everything he has," manager Ron Washington said. "He doesn't get rattled. Nothing bothers him. He has poise. He's my guy."

Neither Darvish nor Feliz has ever started a major league game, and there have been concerns before about Derek Holland and Matt Harrison and how well they focus and avoid getting rattled. Under the circumstances, Lewis seems like the obvious -- and the right -- choice to take the mound for Opening Day.

The S-T's notes talk about the Ian Kinsler contract negotiations, the finalization of the roster, and Nelson Cruz and Mike Adams both saying they are ready to start the season, despite being lifted from Tuesday's game with injuries.

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