Teixeira goes deep again: Teixeira hit his second home run in two games on Thursday, a three-run blast off Royals left-hander J.P. Howell.They are Teixeira's only two home runs of the spring, and he is hitting .229 since returning from the World Baseball Classic. But he also left Arizona with a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-19 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs. This hasn't been his best spring, which included going 0-for-15 in the Classic. But it appears he is finishing it up strong with two games to go before Opening Day. "I'm always ready on Opening Day," Teixeira said. "It's been the weirdest Spring Training that I've ever had. The World Baseball Classic didn't help, but I feel great and my body feels great." He obviously prefers that he had not played in the Classic but he has tried to make up for it by playing as much as possible since his return. "When you're trying to get ready for a season, playing four games in 15 days doesn't help," Teixeira said. "There's a reason for Spring Training, we're here to win a championship for the Texas Rangers. Bullpen taking shape: The Rangers have pretty much set their bullpen. With Antonio Alfonseca and Rule 5 Draft pick Fabio Castro expected to make the team, the final spot could come down to left-hander Erasmo Ramirez and right-hander Scott Feldman. Castro has not been officially named to the team but he is expected to pitch Friday night against the Florida Marlins in Frisco, and the Rangers have a strong desire to keep him. "He's obviously got a future or he wouldn't have been drafted," Showalter said. "We wouldn't have carried him this far if he didn't have a chance to make the team." Ramirez is out of options and would have to clear waivers before being sent to the Minors. Feldman has options, so from a contract standpoint, Ramirez might have an advantage. The Rangers could also take eight relievers because Matthews is starting the season on the disabled list. But it appears more likely that they'll carry D'Angelo Jimenez as a utility infielder so that Mark DeRosa can play the outfield. However, outfielders Adrian Brown and Adam Hyzdu are still with the club and they remain options for the last spot on the bench. Briefly: Pitcher Jon Leicester has cleared waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma. ... Hank Blalock, who was 1-for-3 on Thursday, said his lower back problem has cleared up and, "I feel good at the plate. I'm right where I want to be." ... Kevin Mench left Arizona with a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .463 for the spring. ... Defensively, the Rangers committed just 16 errors in 27 games in Arizona. Coming next: The Rangers return to Texas and host the Florida Marlins at 7:05 p.m. CT at their Double-A ballpark in Frisco. Kameron Loe makes his final start of the spring against right-hander Brian Moehler for the Marlins. The game will be broadcast on KRLD 1080 AM.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.