That was quite the splash Nick Williams made yesterday in his first ever major league action (even if it was just a spring training major league game). While the buzz before the game was about Joey Gallo starting at 3B and hitting cleanup, Williams came off the bench late in the game and clubbed a pair of game-tying home runs. goET was right about him all along...
T.R. Sullivan's game story highlights the great (Nick Williams) and the bad (the performances of rotation candidates Colby Lewis and Nick Tepesch) from yesterday's game.
Evan Grant has a game report on yesterday's 16-15 Ranger win, leading off with praise for Williams.
The S-T's game story also sings the praises of Nick Williams.
Lewis said, after yesterday's awful outing in which he gave up 6 runs in 1.1 innings, that he felt good physically and felt his stuff was good. He also acknowledged that he's got to start getting guys out:
"I've got to get outs," said Lewis, who is in camp on a Minor League contract. "If I don't get outs, it's not very fair for me to make the ballclub over other guys. Even when I was on the roster, I always felt I had to get outs and prove myself. Hopefully I'll get a couple of more outings to prove myself."
Grant writes that yesterday's performances by Lewis and Tepesch did little to clarify the muddy rotation picture.
Jeff Wilson has a story on Colby Lewis's battle to join the rotation, saying that the Rangers are going to make the decision on Colbyashi based on their heads, not their hearts.
The S-T has a feature piece on the play-by-play guys on the Metroplex sports scene, including Eric Nadel.
Grant has a column on Tim Bogar implementing more defensive shifting in his role as bench coach.
Sullivan talks to Elvis Andrus about playing in the Arizona Fall League, with Andrus describing it as a special experience.
Tim Cowlishaw has a column on Jon Daniels and the job he's done the last few years, saying that now, with Nolan Ryan gone, the credit and blame all goes to JD.
Gil Lebreton has a column on Derek Holland, and how hard he is working in an effort to be back on the mound by the beginning of June while working to come back from microfracture surgery.
Michael Choice says he can handle a bench role in the majors, if that's where he can best contribute, brushing off suggestions to the contrary by saying, "I'm a big boy."
Anthony Andro takes a look at the second base situation in the A.L. West.
Sullivan's notes talk about Daniel Bard starting to throw again, Jurickson Profar returning after having his wisdom teeth removed, and Leonys Martin and Engel Beltre getting extra work in.
The S-T's notes talk about Profar, Bard, both Beltres, and the rotation battle.
The S-T's "Spring Break" item for today focuses on the Rangers' interpreter, Kenjy Nimura.