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Monday morning Rangers stuff

Today will be the 5th day game out of 7 so far this season.  I much prefer evening games...I feel like I'm at loose ends at night when a day game has been played.

Ray Buck has the game story in the S-T today, talking about the offense having its first really big day of the season, and Scott Feldman racking up his second highest pitch count of his career in going seven innings.  With the big lead, my feeling was to take Feldman out after six and hand the game over to Doug Mathis, but given the state of the bullpen, I can understand why Ron Washington and Mike Maddux would want to stick with Feldman for as long as possible.

Evan Grant has his post-game notes, and seems bullish on Joaquin Arias sticking on the 25 man roster once Ian Kinsler returns, given his hot start.

At the ESPN Dallas blog, Jeff Caplan has some thoughts on Joaquin Arias, Scott Feldman, and the bats, as well.

Drew Davison writes that Ron Washington "went with his gut" in sitting Julio Borbon for David Murphy yesterday.

On the injury front, Ian Kinsler took ground balls for the first time since spraining his ankle yesterday.

Rich Harden says he needs to keep his pitch count down today against Cleveland.  This 9 game, 11 day trip, against Cleveland, New York, and Boston, will be the Rangers' longest road trip of the year.

Gil LeBreton has a column about Frank Francisco, and his bad start to the season that has resulted in him losing the closer's job.

And Jean-Jacques Taylor has a column about Neftali Feliz taking over as the closer, with Taylor questioning whether Feliz is mentally ready for the job.