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Saturday morning Rangers news and links
Better late than never...
The Rockies stomped the Rangers yesterday, 14-9, with Nick Tepesch and Ben Rowen both having rough outings, but Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on the Ranger offense seemingly being in a groove.
T.R. Sullivan's game story also focuses on the positives, with the offense.
Ron Matejko has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.
Not sure it was a reaction to Rowen's outing yesterday, but he, Lisalverto Bonilla, and Yangveris Solarte were all sent to the minor league camp this morning, and Konrad Schmidt was released.
Rowen and Bonilla were brought over from the minor league camp not too long ago, and were seen as possible dark horse possibilities to make the bullpen. Solarte was in the mix for the utility infielder job, but his inability to play shortstop other than in an emergency situation ultimately was fatal.
Jeff Wilson has a story about Nick Tepesch looking likely to make the Rangers as the fifth starter, and talks about how he was such a longshot coming into camp that he was assigned one of the six temporary lockers that were put up to handle the overflow players, rather than a permanent locker.
Sullivan also has a story about Tepesch, though he says that Ron Washington is holding off on naming him the fifth starter because of Derek Lowe.
Kevin Sherrington has a column on the Rangers putting a positive spin on the back end of the rotation.
Anthony Andro ranks the DHs in the A.L. West, putting the Angels and Mark Trumbo first, and the Rangers second. However, he projects that the Rangers, the A's, and the Mariners will all get a 750 OPS from their DHs, which would mean that the Rangers should rank behind Oakland and Seattle, given their home parks.
If the Rangers get a 750 OPS from their DHs in 2013, the Lance Berkman signing will have been a tremendous failure.
Dr. Keith Meister will be examining Colby Lewis, Martin Perez, Joakim Soria and Kyle McClellan today, so there should be updates about their status soon.
Drew Davison's notes talk about Julio Borbon, Coty Woods, Robbie Ross, Ronald Guzman and Josh Lindblom.