Texas Rangers

Robbie Ross’ loyalty to Kentucky about to pay off

Left-hander Robbie Ross is from Lexington, Ky., and had signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Kentucky if he and the Rangers hadn’t reached terms in 2008.

His blind loyalty to the Wildcats is going to pay off.

Ross was the only participant in the Rangers’ NCAA Tournament bracket contest to pick Kentucky to win the national title. His stiffest competition is from team photographer Kelly Gavin, who had Florida, Wisconsin and Connecticut in the Final Four.

If Kentucky wins Monday, so does Ross, who filled out five brackets.

“My serious one was Kentucky,” Ross said. “It’s the one that’s winning, right?”

Ross, a second-round pick, didn’t sign with the Rangers until just before the Aug. 15 deadline, but he said that he was never really close to going to Kentucky. The hold-up on his $1.575 deal was the Rangers’ desire to get their low-round picks signed first, he said.

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