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Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Saturday morning Rangers news and links

Rick Yeatts

Nice 10-5 win for Texas last night. Now if only we can get Nick Tepesch to figure out that "third time through the order" thing...

Drew Davison's game story talks about Tepesch pitching great for four innings, okay in the fifth inning, and then coming apart in the sixth inning, necessitating a call to the bullpen for Ross Wolf.

Anthony Andro's game story praises the work of Nelson Cruz, who had a two out grand slam yesterday that turn a 2-0 lead into a 6-0 blowout.

Master Tesfatsion talks in his game story about the offensive outburst that gave the Rangers an early lead last night.

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

The All Star teams are being announced tonight, and Davison writes that Yu Darvish, Joe Nathan, and Nelson Cruz are the most likely candidates on the Rangers to make the team. My initial reaction was to be dismissive about the possibility of Cruz making the team, but he's actually 2nd in OPS among A.L. right fielders right now, so I guess he could end up making it.

The S-T's notes talk about Joakim Soria being close to a return, Yu Darvish's start tonight, Jeff Baker still waiting for his thumb to improve, Manny Ramirez, Kyle McClellan, and Jason Frasor.

Wills' notes hit on Soria, McClellan, Josh Lindblom, and Alexi Ogando.

Tesfatsion's notes talk about Joe Nathan as All Star team candidate, Martin Perez impressing Ron Washington, and the Soria situation.