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March 29, 2013

Rangers notes: Final roster spot still on hold

The Rangers will wait at least another day to settle their final roster spot for Opening Day. It will go to either outfielder Julio Borbon or relievers Josh Lindblom or Cory Burns. The decision is on hold as the Rangers try to trade Borbon rather than lose him on a waiver claim.

He could very well end up in Houston on Sunday. The Rangers won't need a roster spot for their No. 5 starter until April 9, and would have 10 more days to find a deal for Borbon. He continues to hear that the Astros are a possibility, but he's trying to not worry about his situation.

"I'm just glad I have a job," he said.

Nolan Ryan still has a job. The Rangers' CEO will be at the Alamodome tonight, but he isn't expected to speak about his job status. There have been no new developments since meeting March 8 with owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis in Fort Worth.

Ryan is expected to be in Houston on Sunday and in Arlington next Friday for the home opener.

The Alamodome has been reconfigured for baseball. It's 285 feet down the right-field line to an 18-foot wall that extends well into right-field. Center field is 410 feet from home plate, and the left-field foul pole is 354 feet away.

The quirky dimensions aren't the biggest concern. The lighting isn't great. Manager Ron Washington compared it to a low-level minor-league ballpark. The artificial surface is new but thick, and it isn't glued to the concrete. There could be some funny hops this weekend.

-- Jeff Wilson

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