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Scouting in Dominican blossoming

Rangers have stressed importance of academies to help promote development

Updated: September 14, 2011, 12:04 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A.J. Preller knew that if he wanted to get a full understanding of what the Texas Rangers needed to succeed in the Dominican Republic, he had to speak the language.

So Preller, who came over to the Rangers' front office from the Los Angeles Dodgers' following the 2004 season, signed up for a two-week Berlitz language course in Spanish.

"That got me some of the basics and then I had CDs and religiously, when I was on a plane, train, car or had any kind of free time, ...

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