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Stanford learning as he goes

After growing up in Australia, right-hander Tim Stanford is a bit behind the traditional learning curve for a 19-year-old pitcher, but the Rangers saw enough potential to make him the organization's first Australian-born signing. Lone Star Dugout features the pitcher, who recently finished up his debut season with the AZL Rangers.

Before he was named the Rangers' bullpen coach in August, Jim Colborn was hired by the Rangers as their director of Pacific Rim operations. Though Colborn did not hold that position for long [he will return to his scouting post after this season], he was able to sign a couple of players, including Australian right-hander Tim Stanford. The Rangers inked Stanford in December 2007, just a few...

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