Texas Rangers vs Kansas City Royals – Preview ( Yu Darvish / Bruce Chen )


Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports – Yu Darvish/Bruce Chen – Kansas City Royals vs Texas Rangers Spring Training game

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.

One thing Ranger fans should look forward to is seeing Colby Lewis, Matt Harrison and Tommy Hanson getting some more playing time.

After Darvish, the Rangers will probably send Justin Geramano, Ryan Feierabend, Tommay Hanson and Lisalverto Bonilla to the mound.

Both Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre didn’t play in the recent intra-squad games, but will play in the first spring training game.

"“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

Due to some injuries, Geovany Soto, Alex Rios and Jurickson Profar will not be in the lineup.  Soto recently said his goal is to return March 15.

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.

Besides Chen, the Royals will also send Danny Duffy, Cory Wade, Scott Alexander, Donnie Joseph, Guillermo Mota and Kelvin Herrera to the mound.

Below is the projected Kansas City Royals lineup

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.