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This left-hander is surprised to still be in the hunt for a Rangers roster spot

Each spring, it seems, a player enters Texas Rangers spring training with no chance to make the Opening Day roster but either puts himself in a position to make the team or is standing on the first-base line at Globe Life Park.

Outfielder Destin Hood put himself in the conversation last season before missing out. Mason Tobin, Robbie Ross, Nick Tepesch and Leury Garcia have come in as long shots in past springs.

Left-hander Brett Martin could be on the verge of joining them.

Martin, who struggled last season at Double A Frisco and came to camp as an afterthought, tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers.