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Thursday a.m. Rangers stuff

Jeff Wilson writes that Tommy Hunter pitched backwards yesterday, relying more on his curve and then using his fastball, rather than the other way around.  Whatever it was, it certainly worked.

Nelson Cruz is apparently close to being ready to return, and could be back in the lineup today.

Esteban German is glad to be back in the majors.

Ian Kinsler only played seven innings last night in his rehab start at Frisco, but him leaving early reportedly wasn't health related.

And T.R. Sullivan writes about the way Doug Mathis has carved out a role in the Ranger pen.