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ARLINGTON -- Exiled left-hander Robbie Ross Jr. is starting to find himself again at Triple-A Round Rock. His resurgence comes at a time when the Rangers are getting trade interest in left-hander Neal Cotts before Thursday's 3 p.m. CT Trade Deadline.

Ross, who has been pitching out of the Round Rock rotation, is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts. In 19 innings, he has allowed 22 hits, walked three and struck out 13.

"Robbie is starting to find his command of his fastball, and getting his life [on the pitch] back," said Danny Clark, Rangers Minor League pitching coordinator. "His slider is starting to show better tilt. His confidence level is starting to come."

Ross was optioned to Round Rock on June 17 after going 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA in nine starts and nine relief appearances for the Rangers. He spent his first two years in the Major Leagues as a reliever before his ill-fated move to the rotation this season.

The Rangers are getting interest in Cotts, who is a free agent after the season. If the Rangers trade Cotts, the only other left-handed reliever in the bullpen would be Ryan Feierabend. The Rangers also have left-hander Aaron Poreda at Triple-A.

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

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