Found February 19, 2012 on Fox Sports Southwest:
We know who the locks are for the Opening Day roster for the Texas Rangers. We also know the players who need to have big springs to solidify their spots on the roster. There are also several players who can further their cause this spring even if it doesn't net them a spot with the Rangers when they open the season April 6 against the Chicago White Sox. Here's a look at five intriguing players who will be in camp with Texas. C Tommy Mendonca No one is expecting Mendonca to be the next Johnny Bench or Pudge Rodriguez. All Mendonca has to do is show he's serviceable behind the plate and the rest will take care of itself. Mendonca has never caught a professional game and didn't even begin the transition to catcher until two months ago. But the converted third baseman has a clear path ahead of him. While Texas has Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba, the next line of catching is headed by journeymen Dusty Brown and Chris Robinson. Neither has the kind of offensive abil...

Ian Kinsler says he didn’t know Josh Hamilton was drinking, nor did anyone else

When the details began emerging about Josh Hamilton’s relapse earlier this month, many people were outraged to learn that he was with Ian Kinsler the night he decided to drink. Those who jumped to conclusions wondered, “What type of friend and teammate is Kinsler?” As Hamilton explained during his statement after the relapse, he was extremely deceptive the night he had what...

Player Profile #29: Josh Hamilton | OF | TEX

On a per-game basis, Josh Hamilton is an elite fantasy player, which seems to be a theme for the Rangers’ outfield (re: Nelson Cruz). In his five years, Hamilton has played in 120 games three times, hitting at least .298 all three years, 32 home runs twice, 100 RBI twice, 95 runs twice and eight steals twice. If he meets all of those numbers he’s easily a top 20 player. Hamilton...

Mike Napoli Player Projection No. 53

Key Stats: Mike Napoli started only 102 games last year, but still came out as a top 60 overall player in the Yahoo rankings. He went to the DL in June with a strained oblique, but other than that was healthy for the rest of the regular season. And the numbers showed it. Napoli hit .443 in July and .383 in the second half last season. He smashed 18 home runs after the all-star break...

Player Profile #33: Adrian Beltre | 3B | TEX

So 2011 was a weird year for Adrian Beltre‘s fantasy owners. First they suffered through a disappointing .259 batting average and not so bad 14 home runs through the first 82 games. Then he turned his season around in July hitting .358 with six home runs in 18 games before getting injured and missing all of August. He then returned in September and hit the ball with an authority...

Darvish, media frenzy, arrive at Rangers camp

Yu Darvish arrived at Rangers camp on Tuesday.

Fans' guide to Texas Rangers spring training

New-look AL West: The Hot Stove was burning in the American League West this off-season more than any other division in baseball. Sure, Miami of the National League East was busy early on, but all four AL West teams did something significant this winter. These names are now in the AL West: Albert Pujols (Anaheim), Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland), Jesus Montero (Seattle), and Yu Darvish...

Texas Rangers spring training central

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AL West Preview

Texas Rangers Strengths: Simply put, offense. The best offense in the league when healthy, the Rangers’ offense is good enough to keep them in any game. The pitching has improved as well, rotation and bullpen, making this one of the most complete teams in the majors. Weaknesses: Injuries have plagued key players such as Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre. The bullpen could also...

Rangers' Ian Kinsler talks about being at bar before Josh Hamilton's relapse

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Texas, LHP Cotts have minor-league deal (AP)

Left-hander Neal Cotts has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Cotts, who appeared in all four World Series games for the Chicago White Sox in 2005, hasn't pitched professionally since having ligament-replacement surgery in July 2009. The Rangers announced the signing Monday and said the 31-year-old will be in their minor league camp.

Yu Darvish makes his first elusive media move in arrival to Surprise

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Darvish runs into Pujols

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish has met Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. Darvish has been working out in Los Angeles the past week and apparently ran into Pujols at a gym.
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