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March 26, 2008

More roster news; scoring update

The Rangers announced that right-hander Luis Mendoza will be the fifth starter, but he will start the season on the disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger. That means Kason Gabbard will start April 4 against the Angels, and Mendoza will make a rehab start at Oklahoma City before starting in Arlington on April 12.

The club also said that right-hander Josh Rupe has secured a bullpen spot, leaving Wes Littleton and Robinson Tejeda vying for the eighth and final spot to open the season.

Meanwhile ...

The Padres turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead in about, oh, 12 minutes. After back-to-back homers by Jake Peavy and Brian Giles, the Padres added two more runs on a single by Tony Clark and a sacrifice fly by Scott Hairston.

It's 5-4 heading to the fourth.

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