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Friday a.m. stuff

Outstanding game yesterday. 

Evan Grant says the Rangers learned from their last matchup against the Blue Jays.  Vicente Padilla knew he had to go deep into the game, and had a terrific outing, and David Murphy made adjustments from the last time he faced Roy Halladay, opting to go the other way more rather than trying to pull him. 

Hank Blalock and Michael Young both sat yesterday due to injury issues, with Young having a sore calf and Blalock a bad back.  Young should be fine for the weekend, but Blalock will sit out tonight's game, as well, and may not play at all this weekend.  And in other injury news, Grant reports that Brandon McCarthy got checked out yesterday and was cleared to expand his throwing program.

Jeff Wilson talks about Jarrod Saltalamacchia in a piece in the S-T, saying the Rangers are pleased with how he's handled going to AAA.

T.R. Sullivan has some bloggy notes up, including this remarkable tidbit...Kevin Millwood is 0-9 in his last 11 road starts, with a 4.02 ERA.  The Rangers have averaged 1.8 runs per game in those 11 starts.