The Texas Rangers will play their first spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. Rangers ace Yu Darvish will get the start and Kansas City will send Bruce Chen to the mound. The Royals and the Rangers share the stadium in Surprise, the Rangers will be the visiting team for the game. Don’t expect to see much of either pitcher tomorrow.
Spring training is a chance to allow the pitchers to get in a few pitches, maybe an inning or two to allow them to work somethings out, get some practice and to prepare for the regular season. Also, it will help the managers and coaches to determine who they’ll keep and who they’ll keep in their respective minor league systems.
“Obviously, I feel decent at the plate, but there is a long time left in Spring Training,” Fielder said. “It will be nice to face some live pitching though.” (MLB.com -TR Sullivan)
Expect Washington to use his basic Opening day lineup for tomorrow’s game
- LF- Shin-Soo Choo
- SS- Elvis Andrus
- 1B- Prince Fielder
- 3B- Adrian Beltre
- RF- Alex Rios (Michael Choice)
- DH- Mitch Moreland
- C- Geovany Soto (J.P. Arencibia)
- 2B- Jurickson Profar (Adam Rosales)
- LF- Leonys Martin
Bruce Chen goes against the Rangers, he’ll likely be the Royals Opening day starter. The Royals expect him to get about 40 pitches for the game.
Below is the projected Kansas City Royals lineup
Happy Cactus League: Aoki 9, Infante 4, Hosmer 3, Butler DH, Gordon 7, Perez 2, Moustakas 5, Cain 8, Ciriaco 6, Chen 1.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) February 27, 2014
- Norichika Aoki RF
- Omar Infante 2B
- Eric Hosmer 1B
- Billy Butler DH
- Alex Gordon LF
- Salvador Perez Catcher
- Mike Moustakas 3B
- Lorenzo Cain CF
- Alcides Escobar (Pedro Ciriaco) SS
Like the Rangers, the Royals will not use the complete lineup. They are also missing a few players and also need to work in a few others. They will instead use Pedro Ciriaco at shortstop, Alex Gordon in left, and Billy Butler as the DH.
If you can, you should tune in to listen to this game or better yet, if you can, attend the game. Anytime you have a chance to see Yu Darvish it is worth the time. Also, Tommy Hanson is another key player to keep an key on. It is likely you’ll see him getting a couple of starts this year. The game will be avaiable online through MLB.com or on the radio at 103.3 ESPN radio.
Nolan Writin.com will also have a live blog during the game and Ben Dieter @TheRangerReport will live Tweet the game.