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Texas Rangers lineup for March 3, 2021

Texas plays the Angels, and Ronald Guzman makes his debut in the outfield

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Texas Rangers lineup for March 3, 2021 against the Los Angeles Angels.

We have game four of the exhibition season for the Texas Rangers today, and of particular note is that Ronald Guzman is hitting fifth and playing left field. According to Baseball Reference, Guzman has four career starts in the outfield — one in left field for the AZL Rangers in 2012, two in left field for Hickory in 2014, and one in left field in the Arizona Fall League in 2015.

Guzman is, as we have discussed, out of options, and so he can’t be sent to the minors without being exposed to waivers. His path to making the team as a first baseman/DH is hindered by Nate Lowe having been acquired to be the everyday first baseman and DH having a variety of folks, most of them left handed, expected to get the playing time there. If Guzman can play the outfield credibly, that would increase the amount of positional flexibility he offers, and make it easier for him to be carried in a bench or platoon role, compared to if he was limited to first base.

So this will be something to watch.

Oh, and after I published this, there was a change, as Rougned Odor is now playing third base and Andy Ibanez is playing second base. Originally they were the other way around.

Its another six inning game today. Here’s the lineup:

Taveras — CF

Dahl — DH

Lowe — 1B

Odor — 3B

Guzman — LF

Heim — C

Walker — RF (who? Oh, yeah, Steele Walker. Forgot about him)

Ibanez — 2B

Culberson — SS

The pitchers are:

Jimmy Herget

Nick Vincent

Hunter Wood

Drew Anderson

Hans Crouse

Joe Gatto

We have a 2 p.m. Central start time, and Fox Sports Southwest will be airing the game live.