Rangers spring break: ’Tis the season to reveal Final Four picks

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Final Four reveals

Derek Holland is going with a rematch of the Big Ten tournament championship game. Matt Harrison believes one of college basketball’s most storied programs is poised for another championship run, and it’s not his beloved Duke Blue Devils. Coach Gary Pettis is remaining loyal to his daughter’s alma mater as his championship pick.

Robbie Ross, meanwhile, is going against the odds and sticking with his hometown Kentucky Wildcats to cut down the nets as an eight seed. Hey, they’ve won eight titles and were the top-ranked team going into the season.

The NCAA tournament brackets were scattered around the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse on Tuesday, as everyone is trying to predict which teams will be in Arlington for the Final Four. A snapshot of some notable brackets.

Pitcher Matt Harrison

Final Four: Kansas, Villanova, Louisville, Arizona

Title game: Kansas over Arizona

Pitcher Derek Holland

Final Four: Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin

Title game: Michigan over Michigan State

Third-base coach Gary Pettis

Final Four: Florida, Virginia, Louisville, Arizona

Title game: Arizona over Virginia

Pitcher Robbie Ross

Final Four: Florida, Michigan State, Kentucky, Arizona

Title game: Kentucky over Florida

Telling Number

2 Road trips left for the Rangers this spring, both to Goodyear, less than 20 miles away. Six of their final eight games will be at Surprise Stadium.

He said it

“I felt all right, felt I threw it good. I feel like I’m where I need to be. Still have a little work to do, but I think I’m really close.” — Tommy Hanson, who threw 4 2/3 innings in a ‘B’ game Monday

Words of Wash

“You have to take the hand you’re dealt and do the best you can with it. Right now, this is the hand we’ve been dealt until we get it put together. The only thing I can say is when we get out of here, we’ll have it put together.” — On putting his team together

Injury report

1B/OF Mitch Moreland (tightness in left oblique muscle): Listed day-to-day.

SS Elvis Andrus (soreness right forearm): Recurring soreness in previous spring injury. Will be out two days.

3B Adrian Beltre (strained left quadriceps): Expects to start Thursday.

2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder strain): Made first start at second base Monday and reported no issues.

RHP Matt Harrison (lower back stiffness): Pitched 1 2/3 innings in Monday’s game and reported no issues.

RHP Daniel Bard (thoracic outlet syndrome): Hopes to throw off mound next week.

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