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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news and notes on the AL West Champion Texas Rangers

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Good morning.

In case you missed it, Joey Gallo hit another monster dong and has gone five games without striking out. The last time Gallo struck out, Ian Desmond had been a Ranger for just a week.

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' loss to the Angels yesterday which no one cares about because Joey Gallo hit a ball into the parking lot.

T.R. Sullivan recaps the game and notes that in addition to Gallo, Derek Holland had a solid outing in his third start of the spring.

Jeff Wilson's Surprise Five covers Gallo's rising stock despite folks rushing to doubt him after his cup of coffee last season.

Sullivan writes that the battle for the No. 5 spot in the rotation heats up beginning this afternoon with A.J. Griffin making the start.

Wilson writes that the Rangers' bullpen is not only really good and deep, but it's also battle tested after last September/October.

Rougned Odor's improving oblique is among the items updated in Sullivan's notes from camp.

They call it Big League Weekend but as Wilson notes, not a lot of big leaguers are scheduled to make the trip to San Antonio this weekend.

Adrian Beltre is among Richard Justice's ten defenders worth watching in today's game.

Jon Daniels was on with Ben and Skin to talk about hopefully bringing back Beltre after this season.

Wilson talked to Tom Wilhemsen about his days as a bartender which led to one of the best nicknames in the game when he was a closer for the Mariners.

Finally, at Fangraphs, Jeff Sullivan asks: What kind of baseball dork are you? (I'm a defense dork, I think. Beltre. Pudge. Leonys' arm. Elvis in the hole. That's my jam.)

Have a great day.