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Well-traveled Lindblom hoping to stick in Texas


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The past year was a bit of a whirlwind for Rangers reliever Josh Lindblom.

Last July, the right-hander was dealt from Los Angeles to Philadelphia in the Shane Victorino deal. A few months later, he was Texas-bound after the Rangers netted him as the main piece in exchange for Michael Young.

He's hopeful Arlington, Texas, is his last stop for a while.

"I'd love to stick in one spot, and I don't think there'd really be any better place than here to do it," said Lindblom, who posted a 3.55 ERA in 74 appearances last season. "You look at the success they've had and what the front office has done, what the team's done and what the coaching staff has done -- to be in the World Series in two of the last three years, it speaks for itself.

"What they want to do here is to win championships. As a player, you can't ask for anything else."

Lindblom has spent the early stages of the spring honing his sinker and trying to rein in his walk total a bit. With Los Angeles, he always featured solid control, but after the trade to Philadelphia, Lindblom walked 17 hitters in 23 1/3 innings. That came after walking 18 in more than twice as many innings with LA.

Now Lindblom is eager for the next opportunity.

"I kind of got out of my comfort zone a little bit in Philadelphia and here," Lindblom said. "I had to adapt, but baseball's baseball wherever you go. As long as you've got that uniform on and you're pitching in a Major League stadium, it doesn't matter what uniform it is. You've still got to execute pitches."

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