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Spring training games just around the corner...

Rich Harden will start the team's first exhibition game, on Thursday, while Scott Feldman will start Friday's game, although Ron Washington says he hasn't decided which of the two will start Opening Day.  My assumption would be that Harden would get the start -- they got him, after all, because he's supposed to be their top of the rotation #1 starter.

Anthony Andro writes that Feldman, meanwhlie, is aiming to show that last season wasn't a fluke.

Evan Grant writes that with several veteran leaders on last year's club departing this offseason, it is up to some of the young players currently here to take on a leadership role.

T.R. Sullivan has notes up on Matt Harrison, Luis Mendoza, and Ben Snyder.  Sullivan says the Rangers like Snyder and want to keep him, and may try to work out a trade with the Giants so that they can option him.  The problem with that, of course, is that he'd have to clear waivers for that to happen, and he's the type of pitcher than another team might want to claim on waivers and stash in their bullpen (much like Texas did with Darren O'Day last year).

Grant discusses Michael Young's career to date, who he compares to and what those players did in their mid- to late-30s.