First-squad workout: Everyone but pitcher Jose Vargas was in camp on Friday, as the Rangers went through their first full workout. Vargas, delayed in Mexico because of visa problems, is expected in camp on Sunday.Manager Ron Washington again addressed the whole squad, saying pretty much the same thing that he did with the pitchers and catchers a week ago. "Team and fundamentals," Washington said. "We've got to be one and care for each other, have each other's backs and execute. That's the main thing, let's be a team and execute." Hicks made his first appearance in camp, but, unlike past seasons, he did not address the team. He may at some point later in the spring. "This is my favorite day of the year," Hicks said. "I'm an optimist, and there's no optimism like the first day of spring. Everybody has a chance to win. You always feel that way. "But listening to my manager, this year I'm feeling it even stronger. I like what I see and what I feel." Rice stands out: Scott Rice, a 6-foot-6 left-hander who is in camp on a Minor League contract, stood out during the Friday bullpen sessions, according to pitching coach Mark Connor. "He's 6-foot-6 with an average fastball and a little above average breaking ball," Connor said. "He's intriguing. He seems to be a smart kid. I've done a couple of things with him and didn't have to tell him twice." Rice, signed as a six-year Minor League free agent in the offseason, was 3-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 52 games at Triple-A Ottawa with the Baltimore Orioles organization last season. Left-handers hit .193 off Rice. Quoteable: "If I'm healthy, I don't see any reason why I can't be at least close to what I once was." -- Rangers reliever Eric Gagné Briefly: Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo on outfielder Brad Wilkerson: "He's looking better than anybody as far as his timing. He's getting back to what we worked on last spring. He got away from that -- probably because of his shoulder -- but he worked hard in the offseason. You can tell." ... John Rheinecker is the only pitcher not throwing. He is sidelined with back spasms and is day-to-day. ... Rangers pitchers have been alternating daily throwing sessions in the bullpen. Both groups take a day off on Saturday, and then the first group starts throwing to hitters on Sunday.
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