CHICAGO — Right-hander Derek Lowe spent eight seasons playing in Boston, and hasn’t lost touch with many of the friends he made outside of the game who still live there and spent part of their day Monday taking in the Boston Marathon.Lowe spent much of the Rangers’ off day contacting those friends to make sure they weren’t affected by the two explosions near the finish line that killed three people and injured more than 140 others. “You can physically put yourself there, and I know how important that day is to the city of Boston,” Lowe said. “No one I know was impacted by it. That’s a good thing. It’s always a sad thing when something like this happens.”Left-fielder David Murphy was in the Red Sox organization and spent only a small amount of time in the city before he was traded to the Rangers in 2007. But it doesn’t take a direct link to Boston to feel for the city and the victims.“It hurts your heart when you see something like that,” he said. “We live in a world where some pretty scary things happen. It’s just a shame that people continue to hurt one another.”The Rangers, whose team hotel is near the finish line, played in the annual Patriots’ Day game in 2008 and were off that day in Boston in 2010 and 2012. Manager Ron Washington said that he ventured into the crowds last year to see the marathon.“I don’t think I’ve ever been down by the finish line,” he said. “I don’t know how people can just take out innocent people or what message gets sent.”Said Murphy: “It’s been cool to be at the hotel and see runners who have finished the race and are exhausted but have completed one of the things that is a dream for them. It’s just a shame that something that is so historic is now going to be associated with terror and fear.”Borbon deadline WednesdayA week has passed since Julio Borbon was designated for assignment, and the Rangers have been trying to trade the outfielder whose roster spot was taken by right-hander Nick Tepesch.But the time to make a deal ends at noon Wednesday. If the Rangers haven’t found a trading partner, Borbon must be put on waivers for 72 hours and exposed to any team for a $20,000 claiming fee and a 40-man roster spot.The Rangers have been hopeful that a deal would get done, and they don’t expect him to sneak through if he hits the waiver wire. He would be assigned outright to Triple A Round Rock if he were to clear.The New York Mets need outfield help and have long been believed have interest in Borbon, who said on Tuesday that he has been working out, throwing and taking batting practice at Rangers Ballpark since the transaction.“Got to stay ready,” he said.Briefly• David Murphy was out of the Rangers’ lineup for the first time this season. Ron Washington said he used the opener against the Cubs and left-hander Travis Wood and the off day Monday to give Murphy a break. Murphy, who was hitting .160, didn’t want it, but “these days in the past have been beneficial. I’m going to use it to relax a little bit.”• The Rangers made another deal with Tampa Bay, trading left-hander Jeff Beliveau for cash considerations. Beliveau had been designated for assignment last week, when the Rangers and Rays also swapped catchers Robinson Chirinos and Juan Apodaca in separate deals for cash.• The Rangers have launched a rewards program, Rangers Republic, for fans to earn points through social-media interactions, visits to the team website and shopping in the Rangers’ online store. The points are redeemable for various sweepstakes. Go to www.rangersrepublic.com for information.
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