DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick

NBA and NFL are in lock out mode. Sports fans are in waiting mode wondering when will the labor issues end. In the meantime, we got baseball
with the Texas Rangers. The are in first place in the American League West, despite the fact that they are not playing their best baseball yet. Injuries has slowed down the team. The bullpen has struggled, but closer Netely Feliz has picked up his pace from his stellar rookie season. The offense is due to bust out, Nelson
Cruz and Josh Hamilton were on the disabled list for a while, getting them back in the lineup healthy, and that will help the offense out big time.
I feel that the Rangers will win the West again, after all it is the weakest division in the majors. But if there is one team that could challenge them based on talent it is the Seattle
Mariners. They got the pitching with King Felix Hernandez, the Cy Young winner. And Icharo
Suzuki can do lots of dammage to opposing teams with his offense and defense.
But two ex Rangers could factor in the Mariners chance of taking the title away from Texas. Justin Smoak and Blake Blevin. Two players the Rangers gave up in the Cliff Lee trade, are
making themselves known. Justin is sporting a hot bat, while Blake Blevin frist time on the
mound for Seattle has got Mariner fans hoping for more. And they will. It makes you wonder will the Rangers make a move to improve down the strech. We can always need an extra arm or extra arm in a big pennant chase.
The Dallas Stars maybe a cash straped, and reviewing potential owners of the team, but they are busy in the free agent derby. The have lost Brad Richards to the NY Rangers. But they made up for it by signing 6 free agents, one of them won a Stanley Cup for Boston. Michael Ryder, right winger will add scoring punch plus playoff experience. General Manger Joe Niewendyk likes
the player acuqusitions for his new coach Glen Guluztan, who come from the Texas Stars minor league team. Joe is trying to build a Stanley Cup winning team, something he has experience with being on two Stars teams that made the
Stanley Cup Finals and winning one in 1999. He and Ed Belfor gets Hall of Fame recognition. They will be inducted in the Hockey’s Hall of Fame this fall.
Congratulations to both Joe and Ed.

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