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Texas Rangers baseball preview: What’s in store for 2016 MLB

From left: Texas Rangers bullpen coach Brad Holman (40), pitching coach Doug Brocail (46) and manager Jeff Banister (28) watch starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) during a spring training game.
From left: Texas Rangers bullpen coach Brad Holman (40), pitching coach Doug Brocail (46) and manager Jeff Banister (28) watch starting pitcher Cole Hamels (35) during a spring training game. mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

Opening Day is here.

The sweetest two words of spring arrived Sunday as the major league baseball season began with three games, a tripleheader on the ESPN family of networks, culminating with a Sunday night game between the world champion Kansas City Royals and the team they beat in the World Series, the New York Mets.

The Texas Rangers open their season at 3:05 p.m. Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington against the Seattle Mariners.

It’s Cole Hamels time, and Rangers time. Optimism is high, the grass is cut, “bunting” and “pregame festivities” are trending.

Rangers are bound to be better this time around

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Royals remain class of AL Central, but threats are building

New York Mets favored in NL East behind stellar rotation

Consistent Cards, talented Cubs should duel for NL Central title

Giants could surpass Dodgers in NL West behind strong rotation, bullpen

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