Saturday a.m. Rangers things

Apr 6, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) pitches in the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox during opening day at Rangers Ballpark. The Rangers beat the White Sox 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Ah, the first place Texas Rangers...

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about Colby Lewis being one of the best big-game pitchers the Rangers have ever had, after his solid six inning, two run outing.

T.R. Sullivan's game story includes quotes from the players about the atmosphere at TBIA yesterday.

Anthony Andro writes that the Rangers answered some questions in yesterday's victory.

Evan Grant has his observations from Opening Day at the DMN blog.

Richard Durrett has his rapid reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Durrett has a story on the bullpen shutting down Chicago over three innings yesterday, writing that, after the bullpen coughed up the lead in Game Six, the Rangers are going to need relievers this year who can hold a small lead.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column behind the paywall about the Rangers' revamped pen.

Randy Galloway's column focuses on new closer Joe Nathan, who confessed to having a case of nerves before coming out to get the save for Texas.

Richard Justice has a column at mlb.com about the Rangers' bullpen.

Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that Ian Kinsler's Opening Day just served to raise his price, after Kinsler and the Rangers were unable to reach an agreement this past week on a contract extension.

Behind the paywall, Grant writes that Kinsler showed why he should get a long-term deal.

Gil Lebreton has a column about Kinsler as well.

The S-T has a story about the standing room only crowd at TBIA yesterday.

Ron Washington has added a couple of good luck charms to his office for the coming season.

Andro's notes talk about Brad Hawpe being re-signed and Robbie Ross's being on the roster for Opening Day.

Sullivan's notes talk about Hawpe's return, who was in the lineup to start the season, and Kinsler's contract talks.

And there's video of Dale Hansen's tour of TBIA yesterday, which includes footage of a certain Ranger blogger consuming the two pound hot dog.

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