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April 11, 2011

Monday morning Rangers notes

A conference call with general manager Jon Daniels is the only thing holding up the Rangers' pitching plans for the week, though they have a good idea of what they want to do.

Wednesday will be a bullpen day, said manager Ron Washington, and Dave Bush remains the front-runner to get the start. Washington also said that he isn't expecting Colby Lewis to pitch again this road trip as he awaits the birth of his second child, a daughter. Lewis, who requested that he pitch Wednesday on three days' rest, could return to the mound next Monday against the Angels.

Lewis said that he feels as fresh as he did last year, even though his velocity isn't where it was last April. Manager Ron Washington said that the playoff run and shortened off season might have some pitchers behind where they normally are, but that there are no concerns that the decrease in velocity will be a season-long issue.

Josh Hamilton is hitting .314 and has a six-game hitting streak, but the reigning MVP said he's still not where he needs to be at the plate. But he's definitely closer than he was this time a year ago, he said, and the routine he dedicated himself to last year hasn't changed.

-- Jeff Wilson



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