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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz said Friday it was “shocking” and “depressing” to see his name came up in connection with a Florida clinic now at the center of Major League Baseball’s latest drug investigation. Cruz, however, said he could not shed any light on why his name is reportedly in the records of Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla. The Miami New Times reported last month that it obtained records detailing banned substances purchases by several players, including Cruz, the 2011 AL championship series MVP. “I want to speak and I want to talk, but my lawyer told me I cannot say anything right now,” Cruz said. “I want to be honest, but this is currently under investigation by Major League Baseball and I can’t really make any comment on it. As soon as it is done, I will talk. I want to comment, but I can’t, sorry.” Cruz said he has not yet met with any MLB investigators, but would cooperate with them. Cruz, who is re

Darvish unleashes a knuckleball

SURPRISE, Ariz. Yu Darvish might not know who Charlie Hough is but the Texas pitcher did his best imitation of the former Rangers pitcher Sunday. During his bullpen session, Darvish threw one knuckleball. Apparently there's no reason for Hough or Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to be concerned about the knuckleballing legacy. "Before I started throwing a knuckleball...

Soria continues to progress from TJ surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. One of the main pieces for the Texas Rangers bullpen is taking his own time in getting ready for the season. Thats just the way the Rangers want Joakim Soria to approach the spring. Soria, who is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last April, is progressing at his own pace in his bid to get ready for the season. Hes throwing fastballs in his bullpen...

Nathan, Frasor confident in rest of relievers

SURPRISE, Ariz. The two locks in the Texas Rangers bullpen don't seem concerned about how the rest of the staff will fill out. Closer Joe Nathan and free agent signee Jason Frasor are confident with the amount of arms in camp and the quality of the pitchers, the bullpen will be just fine once the season starts. "We've got a new pen but it's nothing new,"...

No glove, no problem for Rangers Berkman

SURPRISE, Ariz. Lance Berkman is taking his role as the new designated hitter for the Texas Rangers seriously. He showed up to spring training Friday without a glove. "For 12 years I never had to worry about it because the equipment guy in Houston just packed up my locker and it showed up in spring training," Berkman said. "I forget, this is an oversight on my...

Rangers undecided on Opening Day starter

SURPRISE, Ariz. Texas manager Ron Washington said the team's choice for an Opening Day starter is a no brainer. That doesn't mean he's ready to reveal his choice to start the March 31 game at Houston. "Performance, experience, matchups," Texas manager Ron Washington said of the decision-making process. "We could go either way." The two choices...

Rangers' Lance Berkman Says He is 80%

Texas Rangers' newly-acquired outfielder/first baseman Lance Berkman says that he is at 80% recovery from two knee surgeries as Spring Training begins. He reports having no issues while swinging a bat and can begin infield drills. The Rangers’ main goal with Berkman is not necessarily having him play in Spring Training games right away but preparing him for the...

2013 Texas Rangers Team Preview

Ahhh…good ol’ Texas.  More like a country than a state.  If there was one state that I would money on to secede, it would be Texas.  (unless we sell Alaska to China for some futures in raw bamboo)  The Rangers spent 2010 and 2011 losing in the World Series, but couldn’t manage to make it back for a third time.  Any many thought they would the way they opened up the 2012...

Thank God for Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco.  You may remember him from such things as playing on the Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers.  But if you’re under 25, you may know him better for his post baseball career. Jose Canseco is the motivational poster you wish you could write.  He’s the one who will stand up to the ruthless enemies [...]

X-Factor: Texas Rangers

The Rangers have their share of star players. Guys like Berkman, Kinsler, Beltre, Andrus, Cruz, and Darvish may not be household names on the level of Pujols and Verlander, but they're pretty close. Obviously, none of these guys can really be an x-factor, since everyone is focusing on them. What an x-factor is for a club like Texas is a player who might not make or break their...
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