Tuesday Morning Rangers Update: End of the Lohse Nightmare

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The latest news and notes on the lone competitive Major League baseball team in Texas

After this morning, the next time I write the morning update it will contain links about a real baseball game. Weird.

Ron Matejko has the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Though, as uninteresting as this 3-1 loss to the Padres in late March was, no one would have complained if the column were renamed as the Relaxed Reflection just this once.

Jeff Wilson recaps the game and quotes Ron Washington as being impressed by Derek Holland's start. Holland pitched well (7 Ks, 1 BB) but had a classic Holland moment when he allowed a two-run home run just three batters into the game.

Gerry Fraley has a blog post up about Holland's start and notes that Holland is throwing his changeup again after using it less often the last few seasons before abandoning it completely last season.

Wilson takes a look at the 33 players in Arizona who have a chance to make the 25-man Major League roster and examines where some of the players on the bubble might be headed.

Former MLB scout Bernie Pleskoff provides his impressions on Nick Tepesch and sees a starter with a bright future and one who could probably keep the Rangers in games right now. That's pretty neat.

T.R. Sullivan profiles nearly forgotten former first round pick Jake Skole as he tries to rebound from a lost season where he was suspended for 50 games for amphetamine use.

Behind the DMN paywall, Kevin Sherrington is the latest to write about Matt Harrison's transformation from shaky long reliever to All-Star starter all while remaining grounded as a human being.

Sullivan's Notebook covers the Triple-A rotation depth, Jeff Baker's roster ascension, Joe Nathan working on back-to-back days, and various other items.

Drew Davison has notes on Baker winning the coveted right-handed four corners bench role, Lance Berkman heating up, and Brad Mills thinking the Rangers want him.

Sullivan reports from The Desert Inn that the Rangers have been scouting expendable LA Dodger pitching, including Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano.

Jon Machota shares with us some stories Pudge Rodriguez shared with those attending the PwC-SMU Athletic Forum about the Nolan/Ventura fight, Steve Bartman, and going to ownership himself to get an extension done in 1997.

Finally, SI.com's staff writers have made their predictions for the 2013 season with five of the seven writers picking the Rangers to win the West. The AL Cy Young predictions are pretty good, too.

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