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David Murphy confident in Rangers

12/15/2011

DALLAS -- Rangers outfielder David Murphy chatted briefly about his thoughts on the moves made by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the AL West. Murphy talked on Wednesday after visiting kids as part of the Rangers' visit to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

"I think it proves they didn’t like us winning the division and going to the World Series for the last two years," said Murphy about the Angels' acquisitions. "They are competitors, and they were going to do whatever they could to make their team better this year to give themselves the best chance of winning the West again."

Murphy doesn't believe the team must make a big counterpunch to the Angels' moves.

"What do we really need to do? Our offense is pretty set and our main loss is C.J., but we have a good staff," Murphy said. "We have plenty of guys that are talented and showed what they could do last year. I think that’s the bottom line. The talent is there.

"We love our team on paper, but we have to do it again. Just like last year, nothing is given. This is a great group of guys that isn’t going to take anything for granted. From Day 1, we’ll work toward getting back there and getting it done this year."