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Texas Rangers Preview

ABOUT BASEBALL breaks down & previews the 2005 Texas Rangers.

2004 Record:] 89-73, 3rd in AL West
Home Ballpark: Ameriquest Field.
Manager:Buck Showalter

Prediction: 81-81, 3rd in AL West

Home on the Range:
Sandy Alomar Jr. (C) via free agency from White Sox
Pedro Astacio (RP, rhp) via free agency from Red Sox
Ryan Bukovich (RP, rhp) via waivers from Padres
**Greg Colbrunn(1B) via free agency from Diamondbacks
Richard Hidalgo (OF) via free agency from Mets

Gone, Goodbye:
*Mike Bacsik (rhp) via free agency to Phillies
**Andy Fox (3B) Via free agency to Twins
Brad Fullmer (DH) - unsigned Free Agent
Rusty Greer (OF) retired.
Brian Jordan (OF) via free agency to Padres
**Jeff Nelson (RP, rhp) via free agency to Mariners
Herbert Perry (DH) - unsigned Free Agent
Jay Powell (RP, rhp) via free agency to Braves
Eric Young (OF) via free agency to Padres

Michael Young SS
Alfonso Soriano 2B
Hank Blalock 3B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kevin Mench LF
Richard Hidalgo RF
David Dellucci DH
Laynce Nix CF
Rod Barajas C

Outlook: Texas played way above its head in 2004, finishing 16 games above .500in Year 1 without A-Rod.

place that really exposes a weak pitching staff. Bats include Mark Texiera, Hank Blalock & Alfonso Soriano - who will put up some of the best numbers in thre league. Pitching, however, continues to an issue. Nobody expects 40-year-old Kenny Rogers ... an 18-game winner last year ... to repeat his strong performance. Thankfully for Rangers fans, this lineup alone is so potent - it will lead them to a .500 record. 

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