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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Happy Friday, everybody...

Sorry for the delay in getting this up...I was doing a telephone interview with someone for a Q&A that will be going up later today...

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about how the much-hyped "Battle of the Aces" turned into a game that was more like a Willie Blair/Mark Clark matchup from 1999...

T.R. Sullivan's game story hits on Yu Darvish battling through a difficult third inning to log eight innings and 130 pitches in last night's win.

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

David Schoenfield was doing a running diary of last night's game, but after the third inning, when the game became a blowout, opted to give up on it.

Gil Lebreton has a column on last night's matchup that ended up being something other than what was expected.

Kevin Sherrington also has a column on last night's pitching duel that wasn't.

Randy Galloway has a story on Reid Ryan being the new president of the Astros, and includes in his column the interesting tidbit that Nolan Ryan wanted Reid to be his successor as president of the Rangers, but that at least one of the owners pushed back on that.

Evan Grant writes that, long-term, the Astros are the biggest threat to the Rangers in the West.

The S-T's notes talk about Colby Lewis being on schedule to return to the rotation in early June, the Rangers stopping on the way back from Oakland in Albuquerque for a few hours, Matt Harrison's return to the clubhouse, and the team not getting cocky because of their big lead.

Sullivan's notes talk about A.J. Pierzynski starting a rehab assignment on Sunday, Josh Lindblom starting on Monday, and Albuquerque.