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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Today is the first day of the rest of the season.

I was going to say, "It can't be worse than yesterday," but every time we say things can't get worse, they get worse.

At least the game yesterday was good.  Texas scored lots of runs, and Yu Darvish only allows a pair of runs, and I'm pretty sure he only allowed those because he got bored...

Jeff Wilson's game story largely ignores yesterday's game, instead focusing on the news that Prince Fielder would be out for the year.

T.R. Sullivan's game story talks about the Rangers now being 2-0 in games Chris Gimenez starts, and Yu Darvish saying "it wasn't really my day" although he went seven innings and allowed just 2 runs.

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

Richard Durrett has his Rapid Reaction at the ESPN Dallas blog.

Leonys Martin sat yesterday, and Evan Grant writes because it was a day game on the road against a lefty, and Leonys hasn't hit on the road, in day games, or against lefties this season.

Now, on to the real news...

Evan Grant writes about the Rangers' injury situation reaching "critical mass," including some information about when Fielder reported the problem.

Sullivan has a story on Prince Fielder and Jurickson Profar, with quotes from Jon Daniels.

Anthony Andro writes about Fielder being just the latest blow to a team that has suffered an incredible run of injuries.

Mike Bauman has a column on Prince Fielder going from indestructible to out for the year.

Jean-Jacques Taylor writes that the Fielder deal has set the Rangers back 10 years, and will cost Jon Daniels and Ron Washington their jobs, though after initially harping on Twitter about the lack of physical being administered, he acknowledges in his column that not administering a physical as a condition of a trade is the standard in MLB.

Football writer Rick Gosselin, however, is critical about not administering a physical, and as usual, Gosselin using a football comparison, noting that the Raiders pulled a free agent contract offer to Rodger Saffold after Saffold didn't pass a physical.  Gosselin, of course, ignores that free agent deals in baseball always are done subject to a physical, Fielder wasn't a free agent, and Fielder had a physical this spring that didn't reveal an issue with Fielder's neck, so there's no reason to believe that a pre-trade physical would have been helpful.

But then, that's what happens when football writers write about baseball...

Keith Law says the Rangers should be planning on being sellers later this summer, and should be open to trading Adrian Beltre.

Wilson has a piece on the aborted Fielder/Ian Kinsler "showdown," with some quotes from Kinsler clarifying some earlier comments he had made.

Grant writes about Ian Kinsler and his "leadership" comments, as well as what Kinsler has done for Detroit since the trade.

Richard Durrett has a piece about Ian Kinsler and leadership, with Ron Washington saying, basically, the media doesn't understand what leadership is.

The S-T's notes talk about Joe Saunders not wanting to do any more rehab assignments, Michael Choice struggling, and Dr. Keith Meister's new facility.

Sullivan's notes talk about Kinsler, Saunders, Daniel Robertson's injury, and Stephen Strasburg.