Originally written February 04, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
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Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., next Tuesday and the return of baseball can't come soon enough for Texas fans. It's been an interesting offseason since the Rangers were bounced in the American League wild-card game by Baltimore last year. Josh Hamilton is gone. Michael Young too. So is Mike Napoli. A.J. Pierzynksi is now a Ranger. And Joakim Soria. And then there's the Nelson Cruz saga. Here's a look at five key storylines for Texas as they prepare for spring training. 1. The Nelson Cruz PED allegations: Offseason issues are nothing new for the Rangers, who have dealt with a Josh Hamilton relapse, Ron Washington's cocaine admission and Michael Young trade demands in recent springs. But the Cruz story is different because it will have an impact on the way the Rangers field their team this year. Cruz has denied the allegations through his lawyers. The Rangers have to hope that he's telling the truth and that he'll not be pu...
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