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Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Saturday morning Rangers news and links


Opening Day is tomorrow. Just one day away...

Jeff Wilson has a game story from yesterday's 5-4 exhibition win against the Padres, saying that the Rangers are also winning when it comes to garnering fans in San Antonio.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about Alexi Ogando having a solid final outing of the spring.

Gerry Fraley, in his game recap at the DMN blog, disagrees with Sullivan's positive take on Ogando, saying Ogando had issues with his fastball yesterday.

Wilson has a story on Matt Harrison in the S-T, talking about Harrison's background, his new contract, and getting the nod on Opening Day.

Sullivan also has a story on Harrison, and the journey he's made going from struggling young major league to established major league starter.

Barry Horn questions having the Rangers and the Astros play on national TV in the first game of the season, comparing it to the NFL having the season kick off with the Dolphins and the Jaguars. I'm pretty sure he's calling us the Dolphins, for what it is worth.

Wilson's notes talk about Nolan Ryan not having a timeframe for making a decision about his future with the club, and the Rangers trying to resolve the Julio Borbon situation. Borbon is out of options, and the Rangers are looking at either trading him or keeping him on the Opening Day roster. Wilson says the Mets, the Astros and the Cubs have all expressed interest in Borbon.

Sullivan's notes talk about David Murphy and Nelson Cruz heading into the season without contract extensions, Lance Berkman's thoughts on the Rangers popularity in the state of Texas, Nolan Ryan's thoughts on the spring, and the unusual dimensions in the Alamodome.

And finally, C.J. Wilson says that players keep leaving the Rangers because of "communication issues" the Rangers have in dealing with the players and their agents.