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Nick Martinez wins No. 5 spot in Rangers’ starting rotation

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Nick Martinez has on the No. 5 spot in the Rangers’ starting rotation. Martinez had been competing against Nick Tepesch, Lisalverto Bonilla, Anthony Ranaudo and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez. Tepesch and Bonilla are still vying for a spot as a long reliever with the Rangers, with the loser likely headed to Triple-A Round Rock to start.

Martinez has allowed just one run on 10 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 10 2/3 innings in the Cactus League this spring. The 24-year-old made his major league debut last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with a 77/55 K/BB ratio in 140 1/3 innings over 24 starts and five relief appearances.

The Rangers suffered a big blow earlier this month, losing ace Yu Darvish to Tommy John surgery, which created an opening at the back of the rotation for Martinez.