Evan Grant

From Outfielder To Closer

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The dictionary defines "madrigal" as a short poem, often about love, that can be set to music. The Rangers use a different definition: potential closer. Warner Madrigal, an outfielder converted to reliever who was pilfered from the Angels organization last fall, has had the Rangers breaking out into, well, a madrigal about his abilities.

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The Future Is Then

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The Rangers may have a bright future, but make no mistake, it's still the future. The club underscored that by deciding to open the 2008 season with a 25-man roster that contained none of the five players acquired from the Braves in the Mark Teixeira-Ron Mahay trade last July.

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That Special Something

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It takes something to make grizzled Rangers pitching coach Mark Connor smile. Whatever it is, Derek Holland has it. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound lefthander, one of the last draft-and-follows signed before the new signing deadline went into effect last year, has quickly made an impression on Connor and the entire Rangers organization.

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End Of The Line

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The Rangers may be within weeks of giving up their four-year fight to get righthanders Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando into the United States. On a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, general manager Jon Daniels informed the duo that the club's legal attempts to get them visas or waivers were basically at a dead-end. Daniels informed Beltre as the pitcher was getting ready for the Caribbean World Series.

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