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Jeff Wilson has a story on Chris Davis, with the focus on last year's nightmare first half and the improvements Davis made in his approach after being sent down.  There's also some talk about Davis and Rudy Jaramillo never "hitting the right chord" together, and about Davis's work this offseason and with Clint Hurdle.

I've said this before, but I think the two key elements to the Ranger offense bouncing back in 2010 are Chris Davis and Josh Hamilton.  Both guys went from being great in 2008 to unacceptable in 2009 with the bat, although both clearly have the ability to be a lot better.  Given the somewhat cryptic paragraph Wilson has about Davis and Jaramillo in this story, and given that Jaramillo got Josh to change his toe-tap that resulted in him being thrown off all last year, I have to wonder if the Davis and Hamilton failures of 2009 contributed significantly to Rudy not being back this year.

Anthony Andro has a video interview with Davis up at the Foul Territory blog.

T.R. Sullivan has a story up about the Ranger offense needing to improve, with Sullivan listing fewer strikeouts and more steals as key elements.

Sullivan also has some blog notes up from camp, saying, among many other things, that Taylor Teagarden "looks great" (no word on whether Jarrod Saltalamacchia is less filling) and the Mike Lowell trade talks could heat up again.

Jennifer Floyd Engel has a column about Michael Young and his desire to win with the Rangers.

Andro has a short piece up on Marcus Lemon being brought over to the major league camp.