Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

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Saturday morning Rangers news and links

Three weeks and two days until Opening Day, you guys.

The S-T's game story talks about the early homer Martin Perez gave up giving the Dodgers all the scoring they needed in a 2-1 win over Texas.

In the Rangers' website game story, Perez said he was happy with all his pitches other than his fastball, which he still needs to work on.

Gerry Fraley has his game report at the DMN Rangers blog.

In the "B" game, Joe Saunders threw two scoreless innings.

T.R. Sullivan has a story on the rotation battle, with eight pitchers -- Tommy Hanson, Joe Saunders, Colby Lewis, Jose Contreras, Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Michael Kirkman and Nick Tepesch -- fighting for two rotation spots, with one of those rotation spots expected to be just a start or two before Matt Harrison is ready to re-join the rotation.

Ron Washington said yesterday that March 20 is the deadline for deciding who will be a reliever and who will be a starter.

Gerry Fraley writes that Matt Harrison and Joe Saunders both looked good yesterday, and Fraley expects both Saunders and Harrison to be in the Ranger rotation in mid-April.

Drew Davison has a story on Elvis Andrus, and talks about how he is expected to take on more of a leadership role this year.

Anthony Andro writes that Leonys Martin feels more comfortable this year, after a full season starting in the majors, and is expecting big things.

Richard Durrett did a chat session on the Rangers yesterday, and you can read the transcript here.

Mac Engel thinks the Rangers' rotation is terrible, and it is all Jon Daniels' fault.  He also seems to think the bullpen is a mess, as he says the Rangers need to "find a reliable closer and fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-inning guys, too."  Because, apparently, bringing back one of the best bullpens in baseball nearly intact (losing only Joe Nathan) isn't good enough for Mac.

Catcher Pat Cantwell, a third round pick (albeit third round for signability reasons) in 2012, has been brought over to the major league camp.

Fraley writes that the Rangers want to get a look at Cantwell as a potential emergency catching option, should injuries knock out the major league guys at some point during the year.

Russell Wilson's Ranger jersey was one of the top MLB jerseys sold last week.

The S-T's "Spring Break" talks to Jim Adduci about how he never gave up on his dream of being a major league during all his years toiling in the minors.

The S-T has an injury update, and says that Derek Holland is reporting to camp today.

T.R. Sullivan's notes talk about Engel Beltre dealing with shin splints, Cantwell being brought to camp, Saunders pitching in the B game, and Harrison throwing batting practice.

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