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    Kris Benson didn't arrive in camp Saturday just to try and revive his baseball career. The right-hander is trying to win a spot in the starting rotation.

    Benson, 34, signed a minor league contract with the Rangers that has a May 5 opt-out clause. Benson, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006, doesn't sound like a man planning to use it.

    "I feel like I'm 24 again," said Benson, who threw batting practice Saturday. "It's been so long since my shoulder's been feeling this good. I put in a lot of hard work the past couple of years just to get back to this point."

    Benson, hampered in recent years by rotator cuff problems, is 68-73 in his big league career.

    Manager Ron Washington liked what he saw of Benson on Saturday.

    "He had a good fastball, good placement with it, nice changeup down in the zone and a tight breaking ball," Washington said. "He didn't break a sweat."

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