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With pitchers and catchers set to report tomorrow, Evan Grant reports that Ron Washington plans to put the pressure squarely on the guys on the mound.

New manager Ron Washington officially starts the daunting task of prepping a Rangers pitching staff this weekend.

Here's how he plans to do it: He plans to put all the pressure on the pitchers.

"No team wins without pitching," Washington said Friday, a day before pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to the Rangers' training camp. "I want them to know that they have just one job: To keep us in games. If they keep us in games, the wins and losses will take care of themselves. I believe we have that kind of pitching here, and I'm going to tell them that."

Not to beat a dead horse, but this has the potential to be the best rotation the Rangers have had since 1996, depending on whether Brandon McCarthy and Robinson Tejeda perform up to capabilities.

Kat O'Brien has a piece in the S-T about Gerald Laird regaining the starting catching job he first won three years ago.

And Jeff Sackmann at BTB has a preview of the 2007 Rangers up. He seems optimistic about the Rangers chances of contending this season...