Good morning, all...
Jeff Wilson writes that Anthony Ranaudo kept himself in the fight to be the Rangers' 5th starter with his performance yesterday.
Jeff Banister praised the performance of Nick Martinez in his 6 inning, 0 run start on Thursday.
Evan Grant writes that Prince Fielder is showing he's a different hitter than he was last spring, when a bulging disc in his neck slowed him, and ultimately cost him the season.
Nate Schierholtz can opt out of his contract today if he's not added to the 40 man roster, but he's losing in the outfield battle to Delino DeShields, Jr.
Gil Lebreton calls the Rangers' infatuation with DeShields "strange," and is skeptical that DeShields should be on the Rangers' 25 man roster.
Evan is a little more sanguine about DeShields, saying he can be a weapon as a pinch runner in late game situations.
My feelings, of course, are more in line with Gil's. I don't see why, with a four man bench, you'd devote one spot to a guy who can't do anything but run real fast.
After being last year's Opening Day starter, Tanner Scheppers is going back to his previous role as a setup reliever this season.
A bunch of relievers who are in consideration for the 25 man roster are pitching today, including Jon Edwards, who is pitching two innings to see if he's an option for a long man role.
Edwards has had a terrific camp, and Ross Ohlendorf is dealing with a groin issue, so Edwards could grab the long man job.
This isn't Rangers related, but I found this story about Mark Buehrle not allowing rookies on his team to be hazed now that he is a veteran to be interesting.
T.R. Sullivan has a collection of notes on Anthony Ranaudo, Ross Ohlendorf, Shawn Tolleson, Yovani Gallardo, Shin-Soo Choo, and minor leaguers who Texas released yesterday.