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Wednesday a.m. things

Nice game yesterday for Kevin Millwood and Gerald Laird, who've had very disappointing seasons this year. And for Jason Botts, who got his OPS back to the 700 mark.

If you watched the game last night, you heard Josh and Tom talk quite a bit about Millwood pitching from the first base side of the rubber, rather than the third base side. Anthony Andro talks about that switch, and what Millwood is trying to accomplish with it. The initial returns look pretty good...

Durrett also says that Kason Gabbard is still going to make his start on Friday, after coming out early in his last start with forearm soreness, and that Kam Loe will be activated to make the start on Saturday.

Vicente Padilla is starting today, and to make room for him, the Rangers optioned A.J. Murray back to AAA.

Durrett also has an article on the Beavan signing, with some quotes from Beavan, and says that the Rangers are continuing to talk to Neil Ramirez, Julio Borbon, and John Gast, among others.

Keith Law says Ramirez has a deal in place, which at $1 million would exceed slot money by about $300K, although he says Julio Borbon and the Rangers are still separated, and Borbon may go back to Tennessee, expecting to improve his stock for next year's draft and go in the top 20-25.

Also from Law, Andrew Brackman is supposed to get a major league deal from the Yanks for more than $3 million, and Moustakas and Wieters are not expected to sign.

The S-T has a piece on the Rangers' young hitters working to establish themselves as big leaguers...