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ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 24:  MLB fans during a rain delay at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 24: MLB fans during a rain delay at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Rangers kick off a home series with Kansas City tonight, and it would be good to see Texas take advantage of this set, as 17 of their next 20 games are on the road.

Jeff Wilson has a story on Alexi Ogando's terrific performance as a starting pitcher, and the Rangers' feeling that he can handle the workload of a starting pitcher over the course of a full season.

T.R. Sullivan writes that Josh Hamilton will continue playing aggressively, despite his history of injuries.

Richard Durrett says that Ian Kinsler has been swinging the bat better since Ron Washington gave him a "verbal hug."

Mac Engel scolds the Rangers for firing John Rhadigan, and says it isn't Rhadigan's fault, but baseball's fault:

 

The problem isn't necessarily the announcer; the problem is the game of baseball is inherently slow moving and this generation of viewers requires constant stimulation. Baseball is not a product of constant stimulation. Hell, it's a game that could go weeks without anything interesting happening. There is nothing any announcer can do to make the game what it isn't.

Engel also goes on to say that Vin Scully, nowadays, wouldn't have made it a year as a broadcaster.

Drew Davison has a story on the Rangers giving Ron Washington a 1985 Cadillac Biarritz to replace the one he lost in Hurricane Katrina.