The Rangers speak of Millwood being a man on a mission, but coming off a year when little went right has a tendency to put a pitcher in that frame of mind."It motivated me this winter," Millwood said. "Now that it's over, I just need to help us win this year. It has nothing to do with last year." Millwood had a hamstring problem in Spring Training and that held him back early in the Cactus League. But it did not have an effect on his arm and the Rangers still liked what they saw. He was 16-12 with a 4.52 ERA for them in 2006, and the Rangers speak with conviction that he'll be at that level or higher in 2008. "The way he's throwing right now, he'll have a great year," pitching coach Mark Connor said. "If he stays healthy, he'll have a great year. I'm not talking about wins. I'm talking about the way he's pitching -- he'll give us innings and keep us in the game. He's throwing more quality pitches now than I've ever seen. As well as he pitched two years ago, I think he's capable of pitching even better."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.