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Worth noting

• Washington said Mitch Moreland is "getting close" at the plate. He feels Moreland will get his timing back soon. Moreland is 6-for-41 with three RBIs in 11 games since he returned from the disabled list.

• The Rangers signed 14th-round Draft pick Jarred Smith and 21st-round selection Lucas Lanphere on Thursday. The club has now signed 27 of its 41 selections in the First-Year Player Draft.

• The Rangers have won nine of their past 13 games on Independence Day entering Thursday. They're 23-20 all-time on the Fourth of July. This marks the 15th time in the last 18 seasons the Rangers have played at home on the holiday since 1996.

Master Tesfatsion is an associate reporter for
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