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Sources: Rangers Scanning Market For Starting Pitcher

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 22:  Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Kyle Lohse #26 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at AT&T Park on October 22, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

CBS SPORTS — The Rangers are scanning the market for a starting pitcher, officials on other teams said.

The Rangers have kept in contact with free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse and been linked to Tigers starter Rick Porcello, who’s pitching well while batting for the Tigers’ No. 5 starters job.

For now though, the battle in Rangers’ camp is between Robbie Ross and non-roster invite Nick Tepesch. One person familair with the Rangers’ thinking called that competition a “dead heat.” Officials on other teams suggest they believe the Rangers may prefer to keep Ross in the bullpen, where he thrived as a rookie last year, going 6-0 with a 2.22 ERA.

“We’re open to it, but I expect we’ll start with what we have,” general manager Jon Daniels said about the possibility of acquiring a starter.

There’s also some sentiment from a couple Rangers people that Alexi Ogando might be better off going back to the bullpen, but the main decision makers don’t adhere to that belief.

The Rangers’ need for a starter increased when top prospect Martin Perez suffered a broken arm when he was hit by a line drive in a spring game a couple weeks ago.

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