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Entering the Cactus League home stretch

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MLB: Texas Rangers-Media Day Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

A must read from Evan Grant details the extraordinary efforts Robinson Chirinos has undertaken to keep his family safe after daring to speak out about the political and economic unrest in his native Venezuela.

Jeff Wilson’s Surprise Five focuses on the successful Cactus League debut for Martin Perez and other items from camp.

Indeed, as T.R. Sullivan writes, Perez went five innings of one run ball as he works his way back from offseason surgery on his non-pitching elbow.

Levi Weaver writes that Perez took the bull by the horns and appears to be back on track to open the season with the Rangers.

So what happened to the bull that delayed Perez’s debut? He killed it and ate it.

Wilson writes that the Rangers as an organization are convinced that good teammates win championships and if there’s anything the Rangers know, it’s winning championships...

Sullivan notes that switch-hitting Jurickson Profar has committed himself to hitting left-handed pitchers this spring.

Grant writes about the “body blows” delivered to the farm over the weekend as Cole Ragans will be under the knife and Kyle Cody could soon join him.

Shortstops are kind of like the starting pitchers of position prospects. You let good young baseball players play shortstop until they prove they can’t. Jamey Newberg ranks the top six SS prospects on the farm for the Rangers.

Sean Giggy at WFAA writes about 87-year-old Rangers fan Elaine Phelps getting to scratch “See the Rangers at Spring Training” off her bucket list.

And, lastly, the next time you feel like siding with ownership, instead of just paying minor leaguers a livable wage, MLB has cozied up to congress in an attempt to exempt themselves from labor laws.

Have a nice day!