Spring Training. - USA TODAY Sports
The latest news and notes on things other than Nolan Ryan's latelife crisis
Good news! There are no new articles with speculation on Nolan Ryan's future to wade through this morning. The DMN did share some quotes from Gerry Fraley's appearance on SportsDay On Air where he called ownership ridiculous for thinking this new setup would work. But, luckily, Yu Darvish pitched yesterday so people wrote about actual baseball things.
Ron Matejko has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants. While Yu was good, Madison Bumgarner was 2010 World Series Game 4 good.
T.R. Sullivan writes a game recap and says the opportunity to face Buster Posey brought out the best in Darvish and closer Joe Nathan.
Matekjo writes that Darvish has already mastered Spring Training 2013 to the point where he basically spent yesterday searching for ways to make the game challenging. Good luck in 2013, American League.
Drew Davison continues the Darvish adulation by writing that Yu is impressing everyone with his conviction while also showing that he is more relaxed this spring.
Behind the DMN paywall, Tim Cowlishaw writes that Yu is the "Most Indispensable Ranger" and with him, the team has a chance.
In addition to Darvish, Davison has a write-up on the other pitchers who took the mound for the Rangers yesterday. Of note, Nathan struck out the side after allowing back-to-back triples and Nate Robertson, Cory Burns, & Josh Lindblom all threw scoreless innings.
Evan Grant has a blog post up where he notes that Jon Daniels has encouraged Jurickson Profar to play for the Netherlands in the WBC finals should he get the opportunity to do so.
Matejko writes about Jeff Baker turning heads this spring to possibly end the Rangers search for that ever elusive utility 4C right-handed bench bat.
Grant blogs about Mike Olt making an outstanding play in right field yesterday which garnered praise from Ron Washington while giving Olt something positive to talk about after a rough start at the plate so far this spring.
Sullivan's Notebook covers Adrian Beltre's decision to pass on the WBC, Matt Harrison's "B" game plans this morning, Profar's playing time, and other items.
Lastly, Davison has some notes on the many WBC topics in the Rangers' clubhouse, some injury updates, Justin Grimm seeking some outside advise to turn his spring around, and a couple of other notes.