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Mar 28, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; A general view of a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Surprise Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 28, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; A general view of a game between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

A 7-6 win! The Rangers are on a hot streak...

Evan Grant has his game report up at the DMN blog.

Richard Durrett has his rapid reaction to last night's game.

Grant writes that Joe Nathan is making strides towards being ready to start the season, something that will be critical for the Rangers' bullpen's success this year.

Durrett writes that Alexi Ogando will be a key part of the Rangers' bullpen. Jeff Wilson also has a story on Ogando being in the Ranger bullpen. So does T.R. Sullivan.

Grant thinks that Julio Borbon's failure to get a bunt down last night has sealed his fate, and Josh Hamilton will be the team's starting centerfielder.

Ken Rosenthal has a tweet saying that the Rangers are looking for a righthanded bat who can play first base and left field. The thing that I struggle with on this is that the Rangers' need in that regard is the same now as it was at the beginning of the offseason, but the team did nothing to address that issue in the offseason. And if you think signing Conor Jackson, who has been terrible since 2008, to a minor league deal constitutes addressing that issue, you have a higher opinion of Jackson's ability to contribute than I do.

The Rangers released a handful of minor leaguers yesterday, with Ruben Sierra -- the team's 2009 sixth round draft pick, and son of the former Ranger -- and Jonathan Meloan being the most prominent.

The S-T's notes talk about Hamilton in center and Hamilton being open to doing a contract extension during the season.

Sullivan has a bunch of notes up on a bunch of topics, including Hamilton, Nelson Cruz leaving the game last night after being hit, Borbon, and Neal Cotts.

The S-T has a Q&A with Mike Napoli.