Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/14/13
PHOENIX (AP) -- Randy Wells hopes that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year that everything falls into place. Injury and inconsistency have plagued the 30-year-old right-hander during his career, which up until 2013 primarily had been with the Chicago Cubs. Now with the Texas Rangers, he is making a bid for the No. 5 spot in their rotation. On Thursday, he had the team's longest outing of the spring, giving up a run on three hits in five innings of a 6-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Wells struck out four, walked four, hit a batter and gave up a solo home run to Josh Reddick in the fifth inning. Wells also escaped a pair of jams, leaving the bases loaded in the second and fourth inning -- retiring Scott Sizemore for the final out on both occasions. Wells' best season came in 2009, when he was 12-10 for the Cubs. He is 28-32 in 86 career starts. In 2012, he was 1-2 in 11 appearances (four starts) in 2012, and had nine starts for Triple-A Iowa. In July, his season cam...
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