ARLINGTON Luis Tiant Jersey , Texas (AP) — the season with eight pitchers in the bullpen and a shortened bench for new manager Chris Woodward.They just have to decide who will be that eighth reliever.Texas claimed right-hander Kyle Dowdy on waivers from the New York Mets on Tuesday, and the Rule 5 draft pick will have to stay on the big league roster. That leaves right-handers Connor Sadzeck and Adrian Sampson and lefty Kyle Bird the likely contenders for the Rangers final roster spot.“They all bring something unique to the table. There’s good reasons to keep each,” general manager Jon Daniels said after the Rangers beat Cleveland 5-4 in the final spring training game for both teams. “We’ve just got to talk through it some more. Most likely it will be one of those guys.”Sadzeck, who is out of roster options, is the only one who pitched Tuesday. He struck out two in his only inning.Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger allowed four runs (two earned) in three innings. He walked two, struck out five and gave up a three-run homer to Nomar Mazara, his first homer of the spring.“I don’t know if because he was in a stadium, it looked like he was a little over-amped, but the ball’s coming out great,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Early on http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , he wasn’t commanding his breaking ball (but) as he got into it, he started to do that better. I think he’s situated to have a good, solid year.”Rangers lefty newcomer Drew Smyly, who missed the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery, allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.The 26-year-old Dowdy was 9-12 with a 5.15 ERA last season split between Double-A and Triple-A.Texas feels comfortable going with eight relievers since Gallo, coming off consecutive 40-homer seasons, played the past two games without any issues after dealing with a strained right groin during spring training.FINAL OUTCOMEThe Rangers took advantage of an experimental rule designed to limit extended extra-inning games.Franklin Rollin singled home Zack Granite, who had been placed on second base to start the bottom of the ninth inning as part of a rule change implemented in spring training games this season. Granite stole third base and jogged home on Rollin’s liner to left.The rule was used in the minor leagues last season beginning in the 10th inning, and it will also apply to this year’s All-Star Game. During spring training, the automatic baserunner was put in play beginning with the ninth inning, so long as both teams agreed. The rule will not be used during the regular season.Rangers closer Jose Leclerc retired three batters on fly balls Tony Conigliaro Jersey , stranding the runner placed on second, when pitching the top of the ninth.ROSTER MOVESDaniels said the Rangers would option Granite to Triple-A Nashville and release veteran outfielder Ben Revere. Texas still has to purchase the contracts of outfielder Hunter Pence, utility infielder Logan Forsythe and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez.TRAINER’S ROOMIndians: Francona said 3B Jose Ramirez (left knee contusion) will meet the team in Minnesota on Wednesday appears set to be in the opening day lineup after working out in Arizona. He fouled a pitch off his knee in a game Sunday. … SS Francisco Lindor (strained right calf) had a home run and four RBIs in a minor league spring training game Monday. He also played eight innings in the field.UP NEXTIndians: Play at Minnesota on Thursday. RHP Corey Kluber (20-7, 2.89 in 2018) will be the first Cleveland pitcher to make five straight opening day starts since Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski in 1921.Rangers: Host the Cubs in the season opener on Thursday. LHP Mike Minor (12-8, 4.18) starts for Texas. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery.Strop, a 33-year-old right-hander, felt a hamstring issue on his last pitch on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, his second appearance of spring training. An MRI on Monday revealed a mild strain. The Cubs said Strop is able to play catch but will not participate in game-related drills during the next week.“The trainers are very optimistic,” Chicago manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. “He’s still able to throw at a great distance. Whenever you’re able to keep your arm working http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey , that matters.”Morrow, a 34-year-old right-hander, had arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 6. He did not pitch last season after July 15.If Strop isn’t available to close, the Cubs’ options include Steve Cishek, Carl Edwards Jr. and Brad Brach.“We’re discussing different methods,” Maddon said. “I couldn’t begin to tell you what will happen.”Edwards had a 2.60 ERA in 58 games last season. Maddon said there are times when he may want to use the right-hander earlier in games.“This guy has closer stuff,” Maddon said, also pointing out “he’s so good at shutting something down in the seventh or eighth, and I would not run away from that.”NOTES: LHP Jon Lester was picked to start his third straight opener, at Texas on March 28. Maddon said he does not yet have a rotation order. … INF Daniel Descalso is day to day after he jammed his left shoulder on Saturday.