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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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That was a less than impressive effort by the offense last night, with one run and a whopping three hits.

Jeff Wilson's game story focuses on Adrian Beltre's inability to come through twice in big situations late in the game, part of what has been an awful first month of the season for Beltre.

T.R. Sullivan's game story also talks about Beltre, as well as the strong outing from Justin Grimm, who allowed 3 runs in 6.2 innings.

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

Evan Grant has his game summary at the DMN blog.

Justin Grimm, who was the hard-luck loser for Texas in yesterday's game, was named the A.L. Rookie of the Month for April.

Tim Cowlishaw has a column on the performances of Grimm and Nick Tepesch, who have come up big in the first month of the season.

Drew Davison has a story about Jeff Baker starting his third straight game (all three against lefties) yesterday, although Ron Washington isn't saying that he is implementing a platoon.

Adrian Beltre thinks he's close to breaking out of his early season slump.

Grant has a story on Beltre's early struggles.

Randy Galloway has a column on Mike Napoli's return to Texas, saying Napoli deserves cheers, not boos, from the Ranger crowd.

The Rangers wanted to re-sign him last winter, but only on a one-year deal, which was understandable, particularly because the club knew of the health scare with the hip.

I've seen some people suggest, well, the Rangers just got lucky by not offering Napoli a qualifying offer, because they didn't really know about his hip problem. Galloway reports otherwise.

Gerry Fraley has a column on Napoli's return, and compares the reaction he will get to the reaction Hamilton received.

The S-T's notes talk about Derek Holland facing the BoSox, the Rangers offering support to West, Texas, and injury updates.

Sullivan's notes talk about Baker, the city of West, and the Red Sox coming to town.