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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news on the Texas Rangers and dingers

Roogie playing Halo with Howie Kendrick
Roogie playing Halo with Howie Kendrick
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. So...Opening Day is in a week. You ready?

Ken Gurnick of recaps the Rangers getting blown up by the Dodgers in their final road game in Arizona yesterday. Nick Tepesch did not fare well in his long relief tryout.

Evan Grant reports on Nick Martinez winning the final spot in the rotation for the second consecutive spring.

Jeff Wilson notices that Jeff Banister isn't Ron Washington and will try varied lineups based on favorable matchups and numbers this season.'s John Schlegel writes about Derek Holland feeling motivated to throw pitches well after his dumb 2014 disaster.

Stefan Stevenson writes that the Rangers still have figured out which of their dozens of relievers to bring to Arlington with them.

T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers haven't decided on whether or not to put spring sensation Keone Kela on the Opening Day roster but they totally are going to so shut up.

In fact, Kela turns up on Evan Grant's final 25-man roster projection of the spring.

Jake Smolinski also looks like he has a job, and as Sullivan writes, he might even be in left field on Opening Day.

In other news, as Mark Townsend writes, old friend C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton have been officially removed as faces of the Angels franchise. Hopefully Arte Moreno got his stick-it-to-the-Rangers money's worth.

On Lone Star Ball's Facebook page the Question of the Week asked for your favorite Opening Day memory. Mine is the time Dale Hansen ran off with my t-shirt that I won for eating a Boomstick hot dog and they put me on TV.

Lastly, as Tim Healey of Sports on Earth writes, the AP has updated their Stylebook to wage war on awesome ways to write that a baseball player just hit a home run. Whatever, I'll just keep calling 'em dongs.

Have a nice day.