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An opportunity to get back to .500 today, with Brandon McCarthy on the mound. 

This is on the heels of a solid start by Scott Feldman, a guy who I thought all along should have been in the rotation to start the season and got kind of screwed over this spring.  And don't look now, but the Ranger rotation ERA is down to 5.67 on the season, and isn't the worst in baseball.  Even their overall ERA, despite the bad start, isn't the worst in baseball.  Hey, you have to take what you can get at this point...

Jeff Wilson says that, despite the strong start, Feldman is only guaranteed one more start, and then could be back in the rotation.  He also said the plan was for Derek Holland to go the final four innings, but that Holland tired, resulting in him getting lifted.

T.R. Sullivan's game story focuses on Feldman and Holland, and Sullivan says that Feldman adjusted his windup upon returning to the rotation in order to better keep his mechanics in sync.

z has a post up at the DMN blog this morning, looking at the importance of each of the four pitchers that threw for Texas last night, and talking about how they fit in the overall plan going forward.

Evan Grant says that Ron Washington, on the hot seat for so long, seems to be hitting all the right buttons as of late.

Wilson also has some notes up this morning, including some discussion of the bullpen session Vicente Padilla had with Mike Maddux, where some adjustments were made that brought Padilla's velocity back.

Sullivan has a story up about the work Salty did in the offseason to improve his defense, and the results that the team is seeing from that.