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Mike Maddux Happy With Pitching Staff, "But This Is What We Expect"

The Rangers' pitching staff has gotten off to a hot start in 2012, but the Rangers' coaching staff isn't exactly surprised by this

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    Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux is happy with his staff’s performance so far, and it’s not hard to see why.

    Per Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Texas came into Boston on Tuesday night with team ERA of 2.30, and throwing first pitch strikes--a point that Rangers’ coaches stressed constantly through spring training--to 62.7 percent of hitters faced.

    But Maddux isn’t surprised and really, he says, this is the sort of performance he and the coaching staff expect out of the Rangers' pitchers following a second consecutive trip to the Fall Classic.

    "We're very happy with it," Maddux said. "But this is what we expect. We've set a very high bar for ourselves. These guys are a year older, a year wiser and a year more experienced. A lot of the process comes with experience. We're not dealing with kids anymore. We're dealing with young men."