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The Texas Rangers 2015 squad takes to the field at Globe Life Park for the first time against the New York Mets in a pair of exhibition games Thursday and Friday. As the official end of Spring Training and the prologue to the real deal, these games represent the first time the home crowd will have a chance to see rookie manager Jeff Banister’s lineup for the season.
There are certainly some potential problems along the way for the Rangers – the DH hits about .265, the power hitting first baseman is coming off a broken neck, and the All-Star at third is 114 years old. It’s a long way from the squad that took the Cardinals to Game Seven just a couple of years ago.
This year’s Opening Day starters are an interesting mix of veterans, the returning wounded and new faces that impressed during last year’s trial by fire. But the big question is – are they any good? Can this Rangers team perform beyond expectations?
That is the question that we hope to answer. Let’s begin the breakdown by looking at the wily veterans.
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