PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida--It's early morning in Charlotte County. A brilliant Florida sun peaks from atop the stadium's right-field grandstand, causing rows of empty, metal bleachers to glisten. The temperature creeps toward 70 degrees. The Executive Office, which lies adjacent to the Texas bullpen, and the team's indoor batting cages, which are just beyond that, begin to fill with Rangers. The faint crack of wooden bats against batting-practice balls can be heard... More >>>
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Photos by Nick de la Torre
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