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Saturday morning Rangers news and links

Mitch Moreland is happy
Mitch Moreland is happy
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Texas won, Oakland lost, and the Rangers are now a game and a half back in the A.L. West.

We're all used to Yu Darvish being great, so Drew Davison's game story focuses instead on how the Ranger offense, which Ron Washington has been insisting would be fine, came to life yesterday.

Anthony Andro's game story talks about the Ranger offense having a big inning for the first time this season with its 6 run fifth.

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

Dave Sessions' game story for the Rangers' website has quotes from Lance Berkman about how this offense is going to score runs, much as they did yesterday.

Todd Wills has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Grant has a story about the Rangers' offense finally breaking out, for an inning at least.

The bad news from yesterday was the loss of pitcher Matt Harrison, who is undergoing back surgery and will be out until the second half.

Davison has a story on Harrison's injury, saying that surgery was prescribed after it was determined that his back was not responding to alternative treatment.

Sessions' story on Harrison having surgery has quotes from Ron Washington and Jon Daniels on the loss of Harrison, and looks at the state of the injured pitchers who are expected back in the next month.

Richard Durrett notes that, while the Rangers' rotation depth is being tested at this point, April is not a good time to be shopping for rotation replacements.

Kevin Sherrington has a column calling the Harrison injury a "back-breaker" for the Rangers.

Andro has a story on Julio Borbon being claimed on waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

The S-T's notes talk about Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm having to step up with Harrison injured, Lance Berkman returning to the lineup, the progress Joakim Soria and Kyle McClellan are making in rehabbing from injury, and Julio Borbon being claimed on waivers.

The Rangers' website notes talk about Berkman, Joe Ortiz, Nick Tepesch, and the need for timely hitting.