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Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Another ugly Ranger game last night.  And Matt Harrison responded to Mike Maddux announcing that Harrison was likely in the Opening Day rotation with his worst outing of the spring, allowing four runs in four innings while having problems finding the strike zone.

Evan Grant has a recap of yesterday's game at the DMN blog.  T.R. Sullivan notes that the candidates for the final spots in the rotation have all struggled in their most recent outings.

Sullivan also has a story about the meeting the Rangers had yesterday, which apparently focused on Neftali Feliz and Chris Davis.  Sullivan indicates that the team thinks the 2011 Rangers would be better with Feliz in the bullpen rather than the rotation, and that's where he'll likely end up, although there is still the opinion that he has #1 starter potential and will have a chance to tap into that in the future.

It is worth noting that Feliz won't turn 23 until May, and has time to be transitioned into the rotation.  As a point of comparison, Johan Santana spent his first four years in the majors working primarily out of the bullpen for the Minnesota Twins, not moving into the rotation permanently until his age 25 season.

While some of the pitchers are struggling, Jeff Wilson writes that the offense has been great so far this spring, and shows signs of being a force to be reckoned with come the regular season.

The S-T's notes includes a Q&A with Eric Hurley, notes from the meeting the club had yesterday to discuss the roster, and Ron Washington reiterating that Julio Borbon was his centerfielder.

Gil Lebreton has a column on the Neftali Feliz situation and Julio Borbon's rough spring in the outfield, and suggests that Borbon should start the season in AAA, with Chris Davis taking his place on the roster.  The problem with that, of course, is that it means there's no backup centerfielder on the roster, and there still aren't many at bats for Davis.