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Monday Morning Texas Rangers Update

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

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. We're a week from Opening Day. How are you feeling about the Rangers? Lance Berkman is a distant memory, it's not 2014, and Yu Darvish is coming back. I feel pretty good.

Levi Weaver recaps the Rangers' Easter Sunday 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.

Colby Lewis had his best start of the spring in his final start from Arizona, writes Stefan Stevenson.

T.R. Sullivan notes that Prince Fielder and Robinson Chirinos led the offense with three hits apiece with Fielder hitting his second home run of the spring.

Jeff Wilson's Surprise Five includes thoughts on Jeremy Guthrie's fate, Colby Lewis feeling crisp, and Matt Bush impressing once again in A-game action.

Gil LeBreton writes that the Rangers starters aren't dominating this spring but that's not something that concerns Jeff Banister right now.

Evan Grant writes that Doug Brocail has noticed that the guys battling for the fifth spot in the rotation have shied away from the team's philosophy of pitching inside.

Unlike the pitchers, apparently, Wilson writes about the hitters applying new hitting coach Anthony Iapoce's message which has been successful this spring.

Sullivan has a piece on Martin Perez and how this could (should?) be his long-anticipated full season breakout year.

Grant has an extensive look at how new rivals Houston and Texas put together their teams from top to bottom.

Tim Cowlishaw writes that even though the Rangers' core this season is comprised of older players, they're not ready to just hand over the West to the young Astros.

Sullivan writes that A.J. Griffin now looks like the leading contender for the fifth starter job.

Finally, Grant runs down his Rangers predictions for each month and concludes that the team will win 91 games and the American League West.

Have a great day!

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