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Friday morning Rangers news and links
Nine days until Opening Day.
Yesterday featured an epic spring battle between the Angels and the Rangers, with Leonys Martin coming through with a ninth inning double to give the Rangers a walk-off win.
Jeff Wilson has the game story, focusing on the weird outing from Derek Lowe, who was great for three innings, and then gave up four homers in the fourth inning to turn a blowout into a close game.
T.R. Sullivan says in his game story that both starters got hit hard, but Leonys was ultimately the hero with his walk-off hit.
Ron Matejko has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas site.
Wilson has a story about how Nelson Cruz, Leury Garcia and Jurickson Profar are all back in camp after playing in the WBC, and are waiting to learn their fates -- Garcia and Profar, whether they will make the team, and Cruz, whether he will be suspended in the Biogenesis investigation.
Sullivan has a story about Cruz returning to camp and now being focused on the Rangers after his stint in the WBC.
Anthony Andro ranks the right fielders in the A.L. West, and the Angels and Rangers finish one-two in his rankings, on the strength of Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.
Hamilton played against the Rangers for the first time yesterday, and talked about his time in Texas and the response he expects from fans when he returns to Arlington.
Hamilton's teammates have set up a pool, betting on whether he gets more boos or cheers when he comes back to Texas.
Drew Davison's notes includes stuff on Matt Harrison getting the start on Opening Day, Robbie Ross going to the bullpen, and Leonys Martin getting his green card.