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Last game of the homestand today.  A win, and the Rangers are 3-3 for the first week of the season.  A loss, and they are 2-4.  That seems like a much bigger difference than it probably really is...

Jeff Wilson's game story is all about Frank Francisco, and the problems that the Rangers face in regards to their closer situation, with Francisco not being able to locate his fastball.

T.R. Sullivan's game story has quotes from Michael Young about how the team believes in Frankie.

Evan Grant writes about the Frankie Francisco situation, including some more data on his velocity, documenting that he's lost a couple of mph on his fastball since he went on the disabled list last May. 

The S-T's notes include an update on Ian Kinsler, who did baseball activities yesterday but still hasn't run full-speed.  It sounds like the hope is that he'll go on a rehab assignment towards the end of this coming week, with a return possible for the Boston series.

Sullivan has several items up in his notes article this morning, including an update on Tommy Hunter, who apparently won't be ready to be in the majors until May.

ESPN Dallas says that Jarrod Saltalamacchia is going to try acupuncture on his ailing back.  If that doesn't work, he'll try leeches, I guess, or cutting himself open so the Bad Back Demons causing his pain can be released from his body.

Jeff Wilson writes about the Saltalamacchia injury situation, including background on the attempt to play winter ball and where Ron Washington and Jon Daniels see things standing now.

Sullivan has a story up on Nelson Cruz's hot start, which includes four homers in his first five games.

Josh Hamilton thinks an issue with his toe-tap was responsible for his poor start with the bat.