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Wednesday a.m. Rangers things

Nice to see Ian Kinsler with a big game yesterday.  And nice to see a win, particularly after Sunday's flat, ugly loss.

Evan Grant has some quotes from Ian Kinsler, where Kinsler says his problem was that he was looking for off-speed pitches, with the result being that he was getting beat by fastballs and was yanking off-speed pitches foul.  Kinsler says he adjusted his approach yesterday, and the result was a 3-4, 2 homer, 1 walk game.

Jeff Wilson notes that Kevin Millwood overcame a sluggish first inning to win his third straight start, with the only run he allowed coming on a solo homer by Pudge Rodriguez.

Wilson also has some injury updatesJosh Hamilton played catch yesterday, his first baseball activity since undergoing surgery.  Frankie Francisco said, after throwing yesterday, that his shoulder was "money," and he's supposed to have a rehab stint at Oklahoma City on Thursday.  If all goes well, he presumably will be activated on Friday, when he's eligible to return.  Dustin Nippert starts a rehab assignment with Frisco on Thursday, and Willie Eyre goes on rehab with Oklahoma City on Friday.

Kevin Sherrington has a column about about the chain-of-command issues that it seems every one of the D/FW pro teams has, with the part talking about the Rangers focusing on Ron Washington's lack of control over his coaching staff, and in particular, the conflict between Washington's desire to have his hitters be patient and work the count, and hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo's more aggressive philosophy.

And Houston businessman Don Sanders, who has been mentioned as a possible financial backer for Nolan Ryan, should Ryan seek to buy the Rangers from Tom Hicks, says that investing in the Rangers is a "long shot" for him.