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Saturday a.m. Rangers stuff

Saturday morning Rangers news and links

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Morning, everyone.  Two days until Opening Day.

However, don't get too excited about the start of the season...Richard Durrett does a month by month rundown of how the team will do, and predicts they end the season at 86-76.

Tim Cowlishaw is also very down on this year's Ranger team, saying that even if a lot of things go right, this is a third place team.

Evan Grant's game report from yesterday's exhibition against the Astros talks about Matt Harrison bouncing back well with two solid innings after a bad first.

Jeff Wilson's game story talks about Matt Harrison continuing to work on adjustments as he prepares to return to the Ranger rotation at some point in the next few weeks.

Elvis Andrus returned to the field and the Ranger lineup yesterday, and Wilson writes that Elvis thinks he's ready to go.

Gil Lebreton has a column on Nolan Ryan's comments yesterday about his split from the Rangers.

Grant writes that Nolan Ryan thinks Tom Hicks didn't handle the division of responsibilities between himself and Jon Daniels well.

T.R. Sullivan has a story about the injuries that have given Tanner Scheppers that opportunity to not just join the rotation, but start on Opening Day.

Richard Durrett writes that Scheppers is ready to handle the pressure of an Opening Day assignment.

Nick Martinez talks about how he learned that he had made the Rangers' Opening Day rotation, and how his family reacted.

The S-T's notes talk about Joe Saunders' dead arm, Yu Darvish playing catch today and throwing off flat ground tomorrow, and Michael Kirkman being designated for assignment.

Sullivan's notes talk about the roster being finalized today, Elvis Andrus, and Yu Darvish.

And finally, here's a neat piece by Joe Posnanski on the worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame, and how that pitcher got there.