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January 20, 2009

Notes from the winter camp

Here are a few things gleaned from Tuesday's media availability at the Rangers pitching camp.

Those throwing Tuesday were Neftali Feliz, Tommy Hunter, Brandon McCarthy, Andrew Laughter, Warner Madrigal, Michael Main and Tim Murphy.

Feliz doesn't speak English very well, but one statement he made translated easily. It was 102. That's the fastest he's been clocked at throwing a fastball. Yikes.

Team president Nolan Ryan spent a few minutes talking with Hunter after his throwing session. It looked like he was talking about his arm slot.

The new seats behind home plate are going to drastically reduce the amount of foul territory. New pitching coach Mike Maddux said it's going to make the park even more hitter friendly. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia likes it because it will likely cut down on the increase in foul balls. Just how many people sit there remains to be seen. The home plate seats have a rather steep price of $205 for regular games and $220 for the premier games.

Thomas Diamond feels as good as he has in the last couple of years. Diamond threw Monday and said his ankle and right arm both felt fine.

Kevin Millwood will throw a side session for the first time since last season Wednesday. Millwood is at the camp working out.

Also seen Tuesday were second baseman Ian Kinsler and third baseman Travis Metcalf.

Brandon McCarthy has a problem a lot of us would like. He can't eat enough food. His 7,000 calorie a day diet has made him hate eating.

The Rangers are scheduled for an ESPN national broadcast May 3 against the White Sox. The Rangers are also slated for FOX games May 16 and May 23 (thanks Kinsler homer).

The two best promotions this year look to be May 2 and May 16. Fans get a Nolan Ryan statue May 2 and a Josh Hamilton bobblehead May 16. The May 16 game also features a Robert Earl Keen postgame concert, if you're into that sort of thing.

- Anthony Andro

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Anthony did you mean FOX games on May 16 & 23? Thats what the Rangers website says.

http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=tex&m=5&y=2009

No problem.

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