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MLB Draft 2012: Preview, TV Info And More

If there's any team in Major League Baseball that could stand to not get all worked up about Monday's draft, it's the Texas Rangers. Even with the struggles they've had recently, the Rangers are still prime of the American league and baseball period, with gold-glove caliber players all over the defense and solid hitters throughout the batting lineup.

Texas picks with the 29th selection in the first round, and rumors and mocks have it that the two-time defending ALCS champions could take a high school pitcher. That's audacious, but something an organization like the Rangers, with Nolan Ryan at the helm, seems to be able to manage if it came down to it.

Here is a look at the TV schedule and the complete draft order of the opening round:

Date/Time: Monday, June 4, 5 p.m. CT

TV: MLB Network

First round order:

1. Houston Astros
2. Minnesota Twins
3. Seattle Mariners
4. Baltimore Orioles
5. Kansas City Royals
6. Chicago Cubs
7. San Diego Padres
8. Pittsburgh Pirates
9. Miami Marlins
10. Colorado Rockies
11. Oakland Athletics
12. New York Mets
13. Chicago White Sox
14. Cincinnati Reds
15. Cleveland Indians
16. Washington Nationals
17. Toronto Blue Jays
18. Los Angeles Dodgers
19. St. Louis Cardinals
20. San Francisco Giants
21. Atlanta Braves
22. Toronto Blue Jays
23. St. Louis Cardinals
24. Boston Red Sox
25. Tampa Bay Rays
26. Arizona Diamondbacks
27. Milwaukee Brewers
28. Milwaukee Brewers
29. Texas Rangers
30. New York Yankees
31. Boston Red Sox

Read more about the Rangers at Lone Star Ball. Head over to Baseball Nation for additional news around Major League Baseball. Head over to Minor League Ball for insights on MLB prospects.

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