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OF/DH Vladimir Guerrero RHP Colby Lewis LHP Darren Oliver RHP Rich Harden RHP Chris Ray

OF Marlon Byrd INF Omar Vizquel RHP Kevin Millwood OF Andruw Jones

DH Hank Blalock C Ivan Rodriguez LHP Eddie Guardado RHP Joaquin Benoit

Projected Lineup:

1. CF Julio Borbon 2. 3B Michael Young 3. LF Josh Hamilton 4. DH Vladimir Guerrero 5. 2B Ian Kinsler

RHP Rich Harden RHP Scott Feldman RHP Colby Lewis

6. RF Nelson Cruz 7. 1B Chris Davis 8. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia 9. SS Elvis Andrus

Projected Starting Rotation:

LHP CJ Wilson LHP Matt Harrison



Was the Rangers’ decision to keep Ron Washington after his drug admission the right choice? Texas’ manager Ron Washington shocked the baseball world in mid-March

when he admitted failing a drug test last July because of cocaine use. While he claims it to be an isolated incident and the one time he tried the drug, the announcement has made Washington a large target for deserved criticism, attacking his leadership and decision making abilities to lead a professional baseball team. Ryan, Daniels and the Rangers front office admitted immense disappointment and frustration with the incident, but accepted Washington’s apology and decided to keep him in his position as manager of the team. And while he has taken everything in stride, apologizing and not making excuses for his poor choice(s?), Washington’s credibility is at an all-time low and it will be tough for him to disassociate his name from this unfortunate act, but let’s be honest: winning cures all ills.

Can Rich Harden replace Kevin Millwood as the ace of the staff? Millwood was far from perfect in several of his starts last year and was probably overpaid, earning

$13 million in 2009, but he led the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and ERA. Can newly acquired - but often injured - Rich Harden replace that production as the ace of the staff? Over his seven seasons at the Major League level, Harden has averaged just 18 starts per season and is coming off

a 9-9 record last year with the Chicago Cubs. Millwood is a workhorse pitcher who has thrown at least 150 innings the past five seasons, reaching at least 200 innings in a season five times over his career, while Harden has eclipsed 150 total innings just once over his career (2004). While the talent is undeniable with Harden, the endurance and durability are other issues that are worth keeping an eye on in 2010.

What young prospects will contribute in 2010 for the Rangers? With one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, expect a few of the Rangers

young prospects to emerge this season. A year ago, Major League Baseball was introduced to young talents Elvis Andrus, Julio Borbon, Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hunter and Derek Holland, who will each have major impacts on the big league team in 2010. This season, keep an eye on 2008 first round pick 1B Justin Smoak who is MLB-ready and could be called up to Arlington if Chris Davis struggles. Smoak is by far Texas’ top hitting prospect and spent most of 2009 at Triple-A Oklahoma so expect his Major League debut sometime early this summer. Others to watch: OF Mitch Moreland, LHP Kasey Kiker and RHP Tanner Scheppers. Also, don’t forget about these names who made their MLB debuts the past few years, but have yet to show the consistency to hold down a consistent role: RHP Guillermo Moscoso, C Max Ramirez and RHP Pedro Strop.

The 2010 season will mark the eighth for the RoughRiders in Frisco and as the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The ‘Riders again led the Texas League in attendance last year and were among the top-10 in all of minor league baseball. On the field, Frisco fielded a talented roster for most of 2009 with prospects like Justin Smoak, Kasey Kiker and Mitch Moreland, but missed the playoffs for the first time in the past three years, but will look to rebound in 2010. Blake Beavan, Wilfredo Boscan and Martin Perez are expected to lead a gifted pitching rotation while Marcus Lemon and Engel Beltre are expected to return to the lineup. The RoughRiders, who open their season April 8 vs. Springfield, will host the Rangers and Royals for an exhibition game on April 3 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark. (


One of the more storied baseball franchises in the nation can be found in Fort Worth as the Cats look for another successful season. Beginning in 1888 as one of the original members of the Texas League, the Fort Worth baseball team has evolved into an independent squad in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, playing at historic LaGrave Field. The Cats have their home opener on May 13 vs. Shreveport-Bossier and will hold their annual pre-season tryouts in mid-April. (


Beginning their third year of independent baseball, the Grand Prairie Air Hogs are also in members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball along with the Fort Worth Cats. The Air Hogs, who hosted the 2009 All-Star Game at QuikTrip Park, open the 2010 season May 14 vs. the Pensacola Pelicans. The Air Hogs will also host their cross-region rival Fort Worth Cats on May 28 at QuikTrip Park. (


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