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Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

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Sometimes you win.  Sometimes you lose.  And sometimes it rains.

Afternoon game today between Texas and Oakland, with yesterday's scheduled starter, Vicente Padilla, going for the Rangers in an effort to give the Rangers a winning record in April.  That would be a nice change from the past few years.

Jeff WIlson has some notes up, including Josh Hamilton saying that he is feeling better and hoping to avoid a trip to the d.l., and the troubling news that the Rangers are next-to-last in the A.L. in walks -- ironic, given the manager's philosophy of working the count and trying to make the pitcher throw a lot of pitches.

Kevin Millwood says the conditioning program Nolan Ryan implemented is a key part of his strong start:

"This didn’t come as a big surprise, but it probably is to some people," Millwood said. "Finally understanding what I need to do at this age helps out. I never thought I had to do more than I was doing. Obviously, that’s not the case."

Jim Reeves has a column up about how the Rangers have improved their outfield depth, particularly in comparison to where the team was in 2007 -- Jon Daniels is quoted in the column as calling the 2007 outfield "embarrassing."

Jean-Jacques Taylor says all of you who are questioning what the Rangers are doing with Derek Holland don't know what you are talking about, because there's really a plan in place.