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Washington: Rangers could use a good pitcher

Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked in his pre-game media session about the upcoming Trade Deadline and said, “We could use a good pitcher. If that happens to be a No. 1 pitcher that Jon Daniels gets, that’s fine. There is a need for a lot of things.”

Added Washington, “The No. 1 need on my list is we keep winning. Just keep winning, that’s what I need.”

Washington said Scott Feldman is still starting for the Rangers on Monday.

The Rangers have been actie in trade talks for Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke but there is no indication anything is imminent.

Rangers focused on starting pitching

The Rangers are still looking hard for starting pitching. Zack Greinke is at the top of their list. James Shields is another possibility. Josh Johnson’s name keeps coming up but the Rangers are lerry of him. The Rangers don’t want an innings-eater. They want somebody who can make a difference in the playoffs. They would really like Greinke.

 

Rangers will look to upgrade bench

The Rangers will look for bench help leading up to the Trade Deadline. The Rangers have been hit hard by injuries on the pitching staff but believe Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz and Koji Uehara will be back before the Deadline. The Rangers are looking for either utility help or a bat off the bench.

Ryan, Ventura meet before game

Rangers club president Nolan Ryan went over to the White Sox clubhouse before Friday’s game to meet with manager Robin Ventura. Ryan just wished Ventura good luck and they chatted for a few minutes. This was the first time they have spoken since their famous 1993 brawl at Arlington Stadium. Ventura was making his Major League debut as the White Sox manager on Friday against the Rangers.

TR SULLIVAN

Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler on Opening Day

It does not appear as if Ian Kinsler will get a contract extension before first pitch on Opening Day. The Rangers have been talking to his agent Jay Franklin about a deal in recent days but it does not appear as if they will beat Kinsler’s self-imposed Opening Day deadline.
But Kinsler was still able to wax poetic about Opening Day: “The biggest thing is we want to put on a good show in front of a packed house. Win or lose, you want to put on a good show and play your best baseball. Opening Day is the best day of the year. The regular season is such a long season, to finally kick it off is exciting..,the planes, flags, people, you get the smells of the ballpark, cotton candy and hot dogs mixed together, it gets the juices flowing.”

Rangers in hunt for Buehrle

The Rangers say they are interested in re-signing C.J. Wilson. But they are have sincere interest in free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle and he is a target for them at the Winter Meetings. Despite having what appears to be a set rotation, the Rangers still like Buehrle for his experience, durability and potential leadership on a young rotation.

– T.R. Sullivan

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