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Washington, Daniels don’t deserve to be fired… yet

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The past two years have been failures for the Texas Rangers. Okay, yeah, some teams would love to have made it as far as the Rangers did in 2012 and 2013 (I’m looking at you Houston), but considering where the Rangers were the two previous years (aka: the World Series), losing in the Wild Card game and then in a play-in game are not exactly the expectations this franchise has anymore. But with that being said manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels don’t deserve to be on chopping block.

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Texas Rangers’ trade for Prince Fielder good for upcoming seasons

MLB

Wednesday evening, it was reported by CBS Sports and then confirmed that the Texas Rangers would be trading second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder and $30 million. Talk about sending shock waves around the baseball world. At first, I was skeptical about it all. While Fielder is a great hitter, he hadn't been that great in the postseason, as seen by the now infamous flop into third base in the ALCS against Boston. And Kinsler was a great base-stealing threat. But after thinking about for a couple of days, I think this trade is going to be a good one for the Rangers.

Braun’s actions limiting reputation damage, but it won’t fix it completely

Baseball

Ryan Braun is a certified jerk, for lack of a better word. First, during the playoff run in the 2011 season, he got caught using performance enhancing drugs of some sort. That enacted an automatic 50-game suspension for the first offense. It should be noted, however, that his National League MVP award was not stripped from him by the voters. But instead of taking the suspension and that being that, he fought it and used the smallest of technicalities.

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Adding Choo would increase Rangers’ lineup potential

MLB

By now everyone knows of the Rangers’ trade with the Tigers sending second baseman Ian Kinsler up north for power-hitting first baseman Prince Fielder. Considering the fact that Nelson Cruz is more than likely head out, it was a much needed move to sure up a weakened and depleted lineup. But as Bloat the blowfish in Finding Nemo realizes, “Now what?” Well, David Schoenfield wrote for ESPN.com Monday that the next move for the Rangers should be to sign free agent Shin-Soo Choo. And after reading that article, it all makes sense.

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Bad spring training record for Texas Rangers not concerning

MLB

Vince Lombardi once said that "Winning is everything." But I'm not so sure Lombardi would have the same attitude about preseason games and especially the month long spring training for baseball. So far this spring training, the Texas Rangers probably wouldn't agree with that saying.

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Baseball’s opening day brings endless possibilities

MLB

Happy birthday to me, in more ways than one. Yes, this is my birthday, but possibly more importantly, it's opening day for almost every baseball team and with a new season bringing new, and sometimes unrealistic expectations. Baseball's opening day is like nothing else in sports.

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Rangers offense inconsistent to start year, but the potential is there

MLB

There was so much to look forward to going into this season for the Texas Rangers' offense. The addition of Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder were the offseason acquisitions general manager John Daniels needed to make. But through eight games this season, it hasn't exactly gone the way most thought it would.

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Goal for Rangers in early going: survive and advance

MLB

Over the course of a 162 game season, there are going to be rough spots and some injuries. But at the same time, you don't expect all of the injuries to come at the same time. That's the predicament the Texas Rangers are finding themselves in not even a full month into the season.

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Rangers’ bats need to make up for pitching woes

MLB

While the pitching staff goes through some pains--Martin Perez being out for an extended period, Matt Harrison with another back issue Tuesday night and not getting Derek Holland back until mid-to-late June at the earliest, it's going to have to be the offense that leads this team to getting more consistent and getting back in the AL West race.

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Blogging the Lafayette Regional

Softball

After 54 games this season, the Texas Longhorns softball team advanced to the Lafayette Regional in the regional round of the NCAA tournament. While this is the tenth straight season the Longhorns are playing in the postseason, it’s the first time in five years that they will open up the tournament away from Red and […]

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Covering Lafayette Regional a great experience

Softball

It's been a little over a week since I made the six hour trip from Arlington to Lafayette to cover the Texas Longhorn softball team in the NCAA tournament. It was the first time I had left the state to cover a game in any sport and the first time I had gone alone. While it was long, hot and at times nerve racking, the experience in and around Lafayette was one of the best I've ever had.