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Rangers proud to wear No. 42

ARLINGTON -- As the Rangers set to honor Jackie Robinson on Tuesday against the Mariners, their players are proud to wear the No. 42 jersey.

"It's an amazing day," shortstop Elvis Andrus said. "Every year I learn something more about Jackie Robinson and what he meant to baseball. We're very blessed to wear his number for one day. Every time I wear his number, I wish I could play like him."

The first Jackie Robinson Day was held on April 15, 2004, commemorating the anniversary of his first game in the Major Leagues and the breaking of baseball's color barrier. Ceremonies are held in 15 cities and all players wear No. 42. The number is retired throughout the league and no player will ever wear it now that Mariano Rivera is retired as well.

"It means a lot to us," outfielder Alex Rios said. "He gave us the opportunity to shine in this game. We do it with a lot of pride and respect. It's a great day to honor him."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger.
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