If the weather cooperates, the Rangers will be playing an intrasquad today, the first semi-real game action of the spring for the Rangers...
In the six inning game, Anthony Andro sets out what pitchers are slated to go one inning apiece today: Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Ross Detwiler, Anthony Ranaudo, Ross Wolf and Alec Asher for one side, and Nick Tepesch, Nick Martinez, Ross Ohlendorf, Anthony Bass, Jerad Eickhoff, and Luke Jackson for the other.
Jeff Banister wants Darvish, Holland, Yovani Gallardo and Colby Lewis to be the leaders of the pitching staff in 2015. Derek Holland says he had a good role model in Michael Young when Holland was a young player, and he wants to set the same kind of example for the young players coming up. Yu Darvish is expected to be a "lead by example" type.
Jeff Wilson writes that Colby Lewis, after being limited last spring, is back to his old self this spring.
Gerry Fraley writes that Neftali Feliz has returned from surgery as a different pitcher.
The rain yesterday allowed Jeff Banister to use the whiteboard to work with players.
Andro writes that the Rangers' catching situation is in capable hands with Robinson Chirinos and Carlos Corporan sharing the backstop duties.
Joey Gallo spent the winter working with Jason Giambi, has talked hitting with Michael Young this spring, and is looking to learn from Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre while he is in the major league camp.
Gil Lebreton has a column on the Gallo hype, and quotes Gallo as saying that he tried to do too much when he got to AA Frisco last year, and it got in his head.
Because it is spring, we get stories like, Phil Klein likes video games.
The S-T's notes talk about the leadership roles the starters are expected to assume, and Detwiler looking good early in camp.
Sullivan's notes talk about the Rangers being talked to about domestic violence, upcoming pitching assignments, and Ryan Rua impressing Dave Magadan early.