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March 31, 2009

Today's lineup, notes

The Rangers will use a lineup against Giants lefty Barry Zito that very well could be the lineup used against lefties throughout the season.

Ian Kinsler, 2b

Michael Young, ss

Josh Hamilton, cf

Andruw Jones, dh

Hank Blalock, 1b

Nelson Cruz, rf

Marlon Byrd, lf

Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c

Elvis Andrus, ss

<>Right-hander Derrick Turnbow (knee) said he is good to go and will pitch today. He said the Rangers have talked about him going to Triple-A Oklahoma City, which he calls a backup plan. His first preference is a big-league opportunity, and it's a safe bet that agent Damon Lapa is looking for one.

<>There is significant confusion on Turnbow's first opt-out date. He says it's Thursday. General manager Jon Daniels is working under the assumption that it's today. I'm going with the pitcher on this one.

<>Chris Davis, not in the lineup today, said his knee is fine. He has patella tendinitis, which he said was far more bothersome at the end of last season than at any point this spring. "There's no point in pushing it," he said.

<>Derek Holland is scheduled to pitch four or five innings tomorrow against the Angels in what will be his last hurrah in his first big-league camp. But here's a thought, courtesy of Jim Reeves: Why not do with Holland and Feliz what the Red Sox and Yankees have done with Justin Masterson and Joba Chamberlain? Stick them in the bullpen and give them a taste of the big leagues with the ultimate plan of sticking them in the rotation July or August or 2010.

-- Jeff Wilson


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No. Holland needs more time in the minors and you don't need to start his clock yet.

Isn't that what the Rangers did with a certain Edinson Volquez that threw him off a few years ago?

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