04/21/12 4:50 PM ET
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By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Rangers dealing with day-night complexities
DETROIT -- Rangers manager Ron Washington wasn't particularly thrilled with the idea of playing a day-night doubleheader on Saturday."I don't like doubleheaders at all," Washington said. "If we have to play them, you'd like to play them back to back. But we have to do it, so we'll deal with it." The doubleheader was required because Friday's game was postponed by rain and the Rangers do not come back to Detroit again this season. The Rangers and Tigers also play Sunday afternoon, so the teams are looking at three games in 27 hours. The biggest concern is with the pitching staff, but Washington said that won't be a problem if his starters continue to do the job. Rangers starters went into the doubleheader with a record of 9-0 and a 2.37 ERA while averaging over six innings per start. "Hopefully they can keep us in the game," Washington said. "If we have to use the whole bullpen in both games, then we'll have to make an adjustment." Washington said he won't hold back anybody for the second game. If a pitcher is needed to win Game 1, Washington will give him the ball. "I'll deal with the game I'm dealing with," Washington said. "When we get to the second game, we'll deal with whatever is presented."
Texas marks 40th anniversary of home opener
DETROIT -- Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the Rangers' first game in Arlington. The Rangers, after moving from Washington D.C. in the offseason, played their first four games on the road before opening at Arlington Stadium on April 21, 1972.The Rangers, who had lost three of four, won their home opener with a 7-6 victory over the Angels. Dick Bosman beat Clyde Wright, and Frank Howard hit the first home run with a blast to center field in the first inning. Tom Grieve, on the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career, was 2-for-4 as the Rangers' left fielder. "The only thing I remember about that day was standing on the first-base line wearing a cowboy hat and [manager] Ted Williams standing on first base wearing cowboy boots with spikes, and thinking how different this was going to be," Grieve said. "It was also obvious that it wasn't going to be a sellout, which was automatic in Washington on Opening Day. But I was just happy to be on the Opening Day roster, whether or not I was wearing a cowboy hat or the stands were full." The Rangers were supposed to open the season at home. But the players began the season on strike, and the first 10 days of games were cancelled and not replayed.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host 50 children from Miracle League in an exclusive fantasy baseball clinic through a partnership with Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids LLC on Sunday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Doug Inman Miracle League Field at Randol Mill Park. Twelve former Rangers players will welcome the youngsters to the Doug Inman Miracle League Field. That day, the young players will be given the unique opportunity to receive instruction from the former Rangers before playing a game. Mike Napoli started at catcher for Game 1 on Saturday. Manager Ron Washington said Yorvit Torrealba will start Game 2. Game 2 starter Neftali Feliz did not come to the ballpark for Game 1. The Rangers told him to just hang out at the hotel and rest.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.