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Wednesday Morning Links

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The Rangers have signed 22 year old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, though with the normalization of relations Cubans no longer have the same forbidden appeal.

Ready for another game or two worth of Josh Hamilton?  Well, tough luck, you got nine innings last night.  You might get three innings tonight.  Or he might pull his hamstring as he takes the field in the bottom of the first.

No one yet knows if Juan Gonzalez will attend his Hall of Fame induction.

If you're expecting Matt Harrison to explode in shrapnel of blood and sinew in his start against Arizona then you won't be unpleasantly surprised by the the far more likely outcome of 6 runs in 2 innings.

Andy Ibanez, due to timing and age and bad luck, kind of got gypped on his signing bonus.

Josh Hamilton is looking forward to the All Star break because the grind of a game or two between 15 day DL stints is hard on a man.

Adrian Beltre is struggling but isn't using his thumb as an excuse mostly because the remorseless ravages of time are excuse enough already.

Gallardo's scoreless streak has come to an end.

And, finally, here's a dog with brain damage that I took swimming Monday.