What a great win by the Rangers yesterday. Who would have foreseen Texas hanging 8 runs on Cliff Lee? And no one would have guessed Tanner Scheppers had a complete game shutout in him in his first big league sta...APRIL FOOLS!
Sorry. No the Rangers didn't win yesterday. They did, however, score 8 runs off of Cliff Lee. No foolin'.
Richard Durrett provides the Rapid Reaction to the Rangers' 14-10 Opening Day defeat.
T.R. Sullivan's game story covers the Rangers scoring the most runs on Opening Day since 2000 but allowing the most runs on Opening Day since ever.
Jeff Wilson writes about the bizarre opener that saw the Rangers actually take a 7-6 lead before the patchwork bullpen collapsed in the middle innings.
Anthony Andro writes that the only thing the Rangers can do after the Opening Day lemon is make lemonade.
Evan Grant opines that the soft underbelly of the Rangers was quickly exposed as the spring injuries have already displayed weaknesses.
Gil LeBreton writes that Opening Day was a dream come true for Scheppers that quickly became a nightmare.
Jean-Jacques Taylor takes a look at the bright side and proclaims that the pitching can only get better from here.
And, as Kevin Sherrington affirms, things could have been worse. For example, Chan Ho Park could still be a Ranger.
Durrett writes that even though the pitching crapped the bed, the lineup looked as improved as promised.
Shin-Soo Choo didn't have a great Opening Day in his first game as a Ranger but, as Gerry Fraley notes, he felt at home at The Ballpark.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki previews tonight's game, which will see the 2014 debut of Martin Perez, as the show must go on.
EG has an update from JD about the potential returns of YD and CL.
Sullivan's first regular season Notebook covers Elvis Andrus' record-setting Opening Day, the curious case of Mitch Moreland's DH assignment, an update on the starters recovering from injuries, and various other items.
Lastly, this is a rather shameful display, Ballpark-going Rangers fans.