Rangers have 'Words' in clubhouse
Scrabble-like iPhone game occupying players this spring
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Reliever C.J. Wilson appeared in 74 games for the Rangers in 2009. He was in 18 games on Thursday.He was ahead of Michael Young. The Rangers third baseman was in just 10 games. All going on simultaneously. Not baseball. Words With Friends. This is the latest rage sweeping through the Rangers' clubhouse this spring. It's an iPhone version of Scrabble, the famous and popular board game. "It's a blast," Young said. "I usually have 10 to 20 games going on at the same time," Wilson said. It's not exactly the same game as Scrabble. You still get seven letters per turn and have to make a word from it, connecting it crossword-style to the words already on the board. But the board is configured differently, so it's much easier to get double- and triple-word scores. "The same principles apply," pitcher Brandon McCarthy said. But it's all played by iPhone, and you can play with anybody, anywhere. They don't have to be in the same room, and sometimes you can wait hours and even days before your opponent makes a move. Young and McCarthy got this all started by playing Scrabble on the team plane last year. Then everybody found out about Words With Friends and suddenly the game caught the attention of many in the clubhouse, ranking a close second to golf -- real golf -- as the No. 1 Spring Training pastime. The list of players now includes Ian Kinsler, Chris Ray, Taylor Teagarden, Darren O'Day, David Murphy and Doug Mathis. Minor League pitcher Michael Schlact and team masseuse Doug Cecil also play.
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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.