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Rangers' offense must carry first load

Bats need to continue to produce runs while confidence is restored on Texas' mound

Updated: April 2, 2011, 12:31 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If the Rangers want to repeat as AL West champions, they've got to mash their way, at least early on this season.

For a team with plenty of pitching questions, the offense has to become the answer while everything gets sorted out on the mound.

That's not to say the Rangers must hit a bunch of homers, although three long balls in a 9-5 Opening Day win over the Boston Red Sox certainly helped. But they better score runs.

On the last day of spring training, the ...

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