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What's new: The Rangers' long DL list includes three starting pitchers (though RHP Yu Darvish is set to pitch Sunday) along with C Geovany Soto and INF Jurickson Profar. Their big offseason move was adding 1B Price Fielder in dealing 2B Ian Kinsler to Detroit, while also replacing closer Joe Nathan with Joakim Soria and parting ways with Nelson Cruz. They still have Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre, who have bedeviled the Rays over the years.

Key stat: The Rangers held a lead at the end of only two of their first 18 innings this season.

Connections: Rangers C Robinson Chirinos and INF Josh Wilson are former Rays, bench coach Tim Bogar was on the staff; hitting coach Dave Magadan is a Tampa product; 1B coach Bengie Molina is the older brother of Rays C Jose Molina.

Series: Rangers lead 81-66 overall and won 2010 and 2011 ALDS; Rays lead 38-33 at Trop and won Game 163 last year.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Rangers preview 04/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:25pm]
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