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.
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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
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
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.