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March 25, 2013

Ron Washington says Jeff Baker has made Rangers' Opening Day roster

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jeff Baker has made the Texas Rangers' Opening Day roster, manager Ron Washington said Monday.

It's was an expected announcement, as Baker emerged as the best utility candidate early on in spring. He is batting .423 with four doubles and seven RBIs over 24 Cactus League games.

Baker, who signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league camp, could have opted out of his contract on Tuesday.

Baker gives the Rangers a presence on the bench they have not had the past few seasons. He is a right-handed hitter who can play the corner infield and outfield positions, as well as second base.

Baker, 31, has spent the past eight seasons in the big leagues. He had stints with the Cubs, Tigers and Braves last season.

-- Drew Davison

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