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June 09, 2008

Hurley to start Thursday

Top pitching prospect Eric Hurley flew with the Rangers to Kansas City and will be their starter Thursday, the team announced Monday. The Rangers will make a roster move later in the week to make room for Hurley, who has struggled at times this season at Triple-A Oklahoma.

The right-hander is 2-5 with a 5.30 ERA in 13 starts, and he has allowed 15 home runs in 74 2/3 innings. But he allowed only two runs on seven hit in 6 2/3 innings Saturday at New Orleans. He struck out seven but got a no-decision.

Hurley will fill the rotation void created when last week, when the Rangers cut ties with right-hander Sidney Ponson. Left-hander Kason Gabbard and righty Luis Mendoza were also candidates to take Ponson's spot.

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