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Rangers Get Winning Personality in Berkman

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On the morning after Texas lost to Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series title game three years ago, Berkman telephoned a reporter and said he needed to get in touch with the Longhorn quarterbacks, Colt McCoy and Garrett Gilbert.

McCoy had been injured early in the contest, and Gilbert, a true freshman, had come off the bench and kept the Longhorns within striking distance for most of the game.

"I just want to tell 'em as a Texan how proud I am of them," Berkman said.

This is the guy the Texas Rangers, who signed Berkman to a one-year contract, are getting. They're hoping that at 36 and after an injury-shortened season with the Cardinals, he still has some productive baseball left in him. He was tired of the game and broken down physically when the Astros...

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