NEWBERG REPORT ALERT — MARCH 18, 2007

The time for roster moves that actually begin to clarify the Opening Day picture are underway. This morning the Rangers optioned righthander Josh Rupe and lefthanders John Koronka and A.J. Murray to Oklahoma, and reassigned the following non-roster invites to minor league camp: righthanders Franklyn German and Willie Eyre, catchers Salomon Manriquez and Kevin Richardson, and first baseman Nate Gold.

With Rupe and Koronka out of the mix for the fifth starter’s job, that competition is now down to Kameron Loe and veteran NRI’s Jamey Wright and Bruce Chen.

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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