Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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After scoring 30 runs combined over the weekend, the Rangers scored zero runs against the Royals last night which is a quick way to snuff out spring's first winning streak.

MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom writes about Yordano Ventura shoving for the Royals against the Rangers and making us all think about what Neftali Feliz should have been.

Jeff Wilson writes about Matt Harrison coming away from his first Cactus League outing feeling physically healthy and ready to crack open a book.

As Gerry Fraley writes, Mitch Moreland wasn't so lucky. Moreland left the game with tightness in the left oblique muscle putting his status for Opening Day in question.

Speaking of Opening Day, Richard Durrett notes that the Phillies made it official: March 31. Yu Darvish vs. Cliff Lee. It's happening.

T.R. Sullivan writes that with a couple of weeks to go in camp, the Rangers rotation is currently Darvish, Martin Perez and...???

74-year-old Jose Contreras is officially no longer in the running to be the answer to one of those rotation questions, as Craig Calcaterra notes.

Evan Grant blogs about all of the cuts the Rangers made in camp yesterday. The biggest two being Contreras and Nick Tepesch.

Wilson has a piece on the bottom of the Rangers' batting order needing to pull their weight for the revamped top of the order.

Anthony Andro ranks the shortstops in the American League West and has Elvis Andrus winning for best beard and topping the overall category, as well.

Gil LeBreton writes that Ron Washington sees something in Kevin Kouzmanoff and that "Kouuuuuuz" could be ringing in your ears at a Ballpark near you.

EG writes that, as the days dwindle in Surprise, the Rangers still have questions to answer at the closer spot, in the rotation, and with DH duties.

Sullivan's Notebook has more on Moreland's oblique, camp cuts, Kouzmanoff's roster push, and a status update on Adrian Beltre.

Drew Davison writes that Beltre is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday and notes that Tommy Hanson wasn't very impressive against Mariner minor leaguers in a start yesterday.

Lastly, the Diamondbacks take a vacation from being uptight gritty tools to encroach on the Rangers' giant concession food niche.

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