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Friday morning Rangers news and links

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Good morning, everyone...the Rangers are currently a half-game out of second place in the A.L. West.

Texas beat the Rays yesterday, 5-4, due in large part to a strong effort by the bullpen.

Gerry Fraley has his game report from yesterday's win.

The game story at the Rangers website talks about the Rangers beating up on Rays lefty Chris Archer early.

Jeff Banister had praise for the bullpen, and in particular, Alex Claudio, after yesterday's victory.

Fraley writes Banister had to make a tough call in pulling starter Nick Martinez in the fifth.

With Leonys Martin still on the shelf with a sprained wrist, Delino DeShields, Jr., drew three walks and stole three bases yesterday.

Anthony Andro writes about Joey Gallo in Frisco, with Gallo saying he watches Nomar Mazara's approach at the plate to help him try to go the other way more often.

The Rangers are considering using Kyle Blanks in the outfield once Mitch Moreland returns.  Blanks has an option remaining, but also has enough service time to refuse an optional assignment.

Josh Hamilton is playing in an extended spring game today, the latest step in his work to return from shoulder surgery.

The S-T's notes talk about Josh Hamilton, Leonys Martin, and Kevin Matthews.

T.R. Sullivan's notes talk about Rougned Odor, Adam Rosales, Delino DeShields taking grounders at second base, Josh Hamilton, Matt Harrison, and Kevin Matthews.

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