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Ryan pleased with Rangers' spring progress

SAN ANTONIO -- Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan was willing to talk about his baseball team before Friday's exhibition game at the Alamodome. But that was all in a brief session with the media.

"Offensively our club has come together and our pitching has gotten better as Spring Training has gone on," Ryan said. "I think we'll go as far as our pitching takes us. Obviously you worry about injuries but hope they don't come into play."

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Ryan said he expects the Rangers to contend for the American League West title.

"Obviously if we stay healthy and our pitching allows us the opportunity, we will contend in the division," Ryan said. "That's what you hope for coming out of Spring Training and I think we're in position to do that. My expectation is we're a playoff team but as I say, it all hinges on what happens with injuries and our pitching."

But Ryan declined to discuss his own uncertain future with the Rangers and the possibility he might step down altogether. Ryan, who has been in discussions with Rangers ownership about his future role with the ballclub, said he hasn't made any decisions.

"No, I really haven't," Ryan said. "I'm just looking forward to the start of the season. I don't have any time frame."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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