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April 01, 2012

Sunday's Rangers notes: Robbie Ross makes team; Tateyama could be headed to DL

Robbie Ross will be the left-hander in the Texas Rangers' bullpen on Opening Day, manager Ron Washington said Sunday.

Ross had a strong spring training, and emerged as the best lefty in big league camp. Michael Kirkman will begin the season at Triple A, and Neal Cotts has a strained lat muscle that will keep him sidelined for 10-14 days.

Ross has a team-low 1.64 ERA in eight Cactus League appearances, and is scheduled to pitch in today's game against San Diego.

Other notes from Sunday:

* Yoshinori Tateyama has a stiff back, and he could begin the season on the disabled list. If that's the case, Mark Lowe and Koji Uehara will have spots in the seven-man bullpen along with Joe Nathan, Mike Adams, Alexi Ogando, Scott Feldman and Ross.

* Adrian Beltre, who had been sidelined the past three games with mild lower back stiffness, is in today's lineup.

* Ron Washington has not made a decision on who will be the utility infielder yet. It's still between Alberto Gonzalez and Luis Hernandez.

-- Drew Davison

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