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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Crasnick: Do the Rangers need an ace?

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick wrote about the Rangers rotation this week. Here's part of Crasnick's take:



The Texas rotation, as currently constructed, is long on talent and relatively short on experience. Colby Lewis, the elder statesman of the group at 32, has 631 big league innings if you exclude his time in Japan. Lefties Derek Holland, 25, and Matt Harrison, 26, continue to grow and evolve. Neftali Feliz is transitioning from closer, and Alexi Ogando could land in the rotation or the bullpen. The Rangers also have Scott Feldman, who was a postseason savior as the team's long man in October.

Which brings us, finally, to Yu Darvish, whose talent and stuff prompted the Rangers to shell out almost $112 million between the posting fee and the contract.

Is there a legitimate top-of-the-rotation presence in that group? More important, does it matter?

"What I said last year is pretty much how I feel now,'' Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "We don't have a No. 1, but we have the same chance to win every night, so there's no letdown. If we don't have a No. 1, we're stacked with 2s. And that's OK.''
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