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Wednesday a.m. Rangers stuff

Nice two game series in Seattle.  The Rangers are now a half-game out of first place, and have the best run differential in the division.

Great work from Vicente Padilla last night, who allowed only one unearned run in the game.  Jeff Wilson says Padilla deserved better than a no-decision, and Padilla credits his success to commanding all his pitches yesterday.

Scott Feldman pitches today, and with Kris Benson coming off the d.l. today as well, I guess there could be some question about Feldman's role going forward, but T.R. Sullivan says Benson is expected to go to the bullpen, with Feldman staying in the rotation.  Jeff Wilson says a decision on Benson hasn't been made yet, though.


Josh Hamilton played catch yesterday, and felt very good

...the plan is apparently for him to go on a rehab assignment with the Redhawks on Sunday and Monday, and be activated on Tuesday, the first day he is eligible to return.

On the potential bullpen front, Pedro Strop has been talked about as someone who is a candidate in the near future, but he is taking a step backwards, instead, being sent from AAA Oklahoma to AA Frisco.

Both T.R. Sullivan and Jeff Wilson have stories up on Michael Young's early season power surge.

Richard Durrett talks about some key decisions Ron Washington has made in the last few games, and suggests that the Washington Job Watch is no longer on high alert.