03/22/07 7:00 PM ET
Notes: Young gets back in the game
All-star shortstop sees first action since plunking
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Pitching update: Eric Gagne is expected to pitch on Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers. It will be his second appearance in an "A" game, and he'll likely get two or three more before Opening Day. Gagne won't pitch in consecutive games before the season starts, but Washington hopes his closer will be able to do that once the season begins. Kevin Millwood, staying back in Surprise, pitched five-plus innings in a Minor League game on Thursday. Pitching for Triple-A Oklahoma against Tacoma, Millwood allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. His final start of the spring will be on Tuesday against the San Diego Padres in Surprise. Washington said he still expects to open the season with a 12-man pitching staff, including seven relievers. Said Washington, "You can never have enough pitching -- especially at the start of the season, when you don't what you really have. Once you get into the season and see what you can do, you might think about it. But we're going to start off with 12." Mike Wood and Scott Feldman each pitched an inning on Thursday before the game was rained out. Wood pitched a scoreless inning, and Feldman gave up a solo home run to Shea Hillenbrand. He said it: I'll let you guys know who shot J.F.K. in five minutes. -- Young, getting grilled for the details on his ear injury Batting practice changed: Fans will have a better chance of watching the Rangers take batting practice at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers will now take batting practice after the visiting team. For night games, the visiting team will begin batting practice 2 1/2 hours before the game, and the Rangers will take batting practice 1 hour, 45 minutes before the game starts. Opening times have also changed for all gates except the Season Ticket Holder Gate, which will continue to open 2 hours, 30 minutes prior to game time. For night games, First and Third Base Gates will open 1 hour, 40 minutes prior to game time, and Home Plate and Center Field Gates will open approximately 1 hour prior to the start time. For day games, all gates will open 1 hour, 30 minutes prior to game time. The exceptions will be Opening Day, when all gates will open at 10:00 a.m. CT, and the series against the Yankees and Red Sox. Prior to Yankees and Red Sox games, First and Third Base Gates will open 2 hours prior to start time and Home Plate and Center Field Gates will open 1 hour, 30 minutes prior to the game to accommodate fans wishing to watch visiting batting practice. Up next: Left-hander Bruce Chen pitches for the Rangers at 9:05 p.m. CT on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium. Ben Sheets will pitch for the Brewers.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.