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Monday a.m. Rangers stuff

The Rangers lost both split-squad games yesterday, but there some good signs, including Josh Hamilton hitting his first homer of the spring and Chris Davis continuing to hit well, putting up a 2 for 3 line.

Michael Kirkman was removed after a comebacker hit him in the ear, but he's apparently fine.

Jeff Wilson writes that Derek Holland's strong start yesterday has him feeling he's back in the mix for the fifth starter job.

Richard Durrett offers some thoughts on yesterday's games here, and on what we've seen this spring here.

The S-T has some notes up, including Julio Borbon on hitting lefties.

T.R. Sullivan has a story about how the Rangers pitchers have become believers in the cut fastball.

Sullivan also has a story up on Chris Ray's progress and strong showing this spring, although the part of the story that jumped out at me was this:

The Rangers' closer is off to a good start this spring. So is their potential Plan B closer.

One may be just as important as the other, especially because the Rangers are growing stronger in their conviction that reliever C.J. Wilson belongs in the starting rotation.

How the C.J. Wilson in the rotation situation is going to play out has been one of the bigger mysteries of the spring, but if Sullivan is right, we could be looking at Oklahoma having a rotation to start the season that includes Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Brandon McCarthy, and Neftali Feliz

And Tim Cowlishaw writes about Nolan Ryan's belief that the Rangers should continue to improve this year.