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November 21, 2011

Darren Oliver would like to pitch for Rangers in 2012

Darren Oliver wants to pitch next season. And he’d prefer to do it with the Texas Rangers.

“Obviously this is my first choice, no doubt,” said Oliver, a free agent.

Oliver has pitched the last two years with the Rangers, and makes his home in the DFW area.

The 41-year-old left-hander pitched well in 2011, going 5-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 61 appearances over the regular season. But Oliver had a forgettable World Series.

He had a chance to close out the Series in Game 6, coming out for the 10th inning with the Rangers leading 9-7. Oliver, though, gave up consecutive singles to begin the 10th, and then retired Edwin Jackson on a sacrifice bunt. That ended his night, and the Cardinals eventually rallied for a win in the 11th inning.

Of course, Oliver has wondered if it would’ve gone the other way for him.

“I could’ve been holding my hand on Sports Illustrated, that would’ve been a good way to end it,” Oliver said. “That didn’t happen.”

-- Drew Davison

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